Boston College, ACC Program Heisman Trophy Top 10 Finishes By Year

Mike Stobe

Just how improbable has Williams' Heisman Trophy-worthy season been for Boston College?

Barring a complete and total meltdown in the ACC Championship Game, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is going to win the 2013 Heisman Trophy. Winston would end the ACC's 13 year Heisman Trophy drought. The last Heisman Trophy won by a now ACC program belongs to Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke (2000).

It's been a decade to forget for the ACC and the Heisman Trophy. One has to go back four seasons to find a time where an ACC player even tracked the top 10 (Clemson RB C.J. Spiller's sixth place finish in 2009). Over the last decade, now ACC programs have put just six players in the top 10 final Heisman vote (6% of all finishes). Just one -- Pittsburgh wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald -- has even cracked the top five, finishes as the runner-up to Oklahoma QB Jason White in 2003.

But here's Boston College senior running back Andre Williams, the nation's leading rusher, poised to place two ACC players in the top 5 of this year's Heisman voting. And who knows? Maybe as high as second for a 1-2 ACC finish.

Just how improbable has Williams' Heisman Trophy season been for Boston College and the ACC? Should Williams finish in the top 10, the Schnecksville, Pennsylvania native would become the school's sixth player to finish in the top 10 of the Heisman Trophy's voting and first since Matt Ryan finished seventh in the 2007 Heisman Trophy vote.

That's a pretty impressive track record for BC when it comes to Heisman voting. Of the 14 current members of the ACC, only six have more Heisman Trophy top 10 finishers -- Miami (16), Florida State (15), Pittsburgh (14), Syracuse (8), Georgia Tech (7) and Maryland (6). Of all those top 10 finishers, only five ACC members lay claim to the Heisman Trophy -- Florida State (2), Miami (2), Boston College (1), Pittsburgh (1) and Syracuse (1).

Below are the all-time top 10 Heisman Trophy finishes by current ACC program, via sports-reference.com:

1. Miami Hurricanes

Heisman Trophy winners - 2 (Gino Torretta, Vinny Testaverde)
Top 10 finishes - 16
Last - 2002, RB Willis McGahee finishes fourth

Year Rk Player School Class Pos Summary
2002 4 Willis McGahee Miami JR RB 282 Att, 1753 Yds, 6.2 Avg, 28 TD
2002 5 Ken Dorsey Miami SR QB 222 Cmp, 393 Att, 3369 Yds, 28 TD, 12 Int
2001 3 Ken Dorsey Miami JR QB 184 Cmp, 318 Att, 2652 Yds, 23 TD, 9 Int
2001 8 Bryant McKinnie Miami SR OL
2000 7 Santana Moss Miami SR WR 45 Rec, 748 Yds, 16.6 Avg, 5 TD
1994 6 Warren Sapp Miami JR DL
1992 1 Gino Torretta Miami SR QB 228 Cmp, 402 Att, 3060 Yds, 19 TD, 7 Int
1992 7 Michael Barrow Miami SR LB
1990 8 Craig Erickson Miami SR QB 225 Cmp, 393 Att, 3363 Yds, 22 TD, 7 Int
1988 4 Steve Walsh Miami JR QB 233 Cmp, 390 Att, 3115 Yds, 29 TD, 12 Int
1986 1 Vinny Testaverde Miami SR QB 175 Cmp, 276 Att, 2557 Yds, 26 TD, 9 Int
1985 5 Vinny Testaverde Miami JR QB 216 Cmp, 352 Att, 3238 Yds, 21 TD, 15 Int
1984 4 Bernie Kosar Miami SO QB 262 Cmp, 416 Att, 3642 Yds, 25 TD, 16 Int
1968 5 Ted Hendricks Miami SR DL
1963 10 George Mira Miami SR QB
1962 5 George Mira Miami JR QB

2. Florida St. Seminoles

Heisman Trophy winners - 2 (Chris Weinke, Charlie Ward)
Top 10 finishes - 15
Last - 2000, QB Chris Weinke

Year Rk Player School Class Pos Summary
2000 1 Chris Weinke Florida State SR QB 266 Cmp, 431 Att, 4167 Yds, 33 TD, 11 Int
1999 6 Peter Warrick Florida State SR WR 71 Rec, 934 Yds, 13.2 Avg, 8 TD
1996 5 Warrick Dunn Florida State SR RB 189 Att, 1180 Yds, 6.2 Avg, 12 TD
1995 9 Warrick Dunn Florida State JR RB 166 Att, 1242 Yds, 7.5 Avg, 13 TD
1993 1 Charlie Ward Florida State SR QB 264 Cmp, 380 Att, 3032 Yds, 27 TD, 4 Int
1992 4 Marvin Jones Florida State JR LB
1992 6 Charlie Ward Florida State JR QB 204 Cmp, 365 Att, 2647 Yds, 22 TD, 17 Int
1991 2 Casey Weldon Florida State SR QB 189 Cmp, 313 Att, 2527 Yds, 22 TD, 8 Int
1991 8 Terrell Buckley Florida State JR DB
1988 8 Deion Sanders Florida State SR DB
1984 7 Greg Allen Florida State SR RB 133 Att, 971 Yds, 7.3 Avg, 8 TD
1979 9 Ron Simmons Florida State JR DL
1972 10 Gary Huff Florida State SR QB
1968 10 Ron Sellers Florida State SR WR
1967 5 Kim Hammond Florida State SR QB

3. Pittsburgh Panthers

Heisman Trophy winners - 1 (Tony Dorsett)
Top 10 finishes - 14
Last - 2003, WR Larry Fitzgerald finishes second

Year Rk Player School Class Pos Summary
2003 2 Larry Fitzgerald Pittsburgh SO WR 92 Rec, 1672 Yds, 18.2 Avg, 22 TD
1987 5 Craig Heyward* Pittsburgh SR RB 387 Att, 1791 Yds, 4.6 Avg, 12 TD
1984 6 Bill Fralic Pittsburgh SR OL
1983 8 Bill Fralic Pittsburgh SR OL
1982 9 Dan Marino* Pittsburgh SR QB 221 Cmp, 378 Att, 2432 Yds, 17 TD, 23 Int
1981 4 Dan Marino* Pittsburgh SR QB 226 Cmp, 380 Att, 2876 Yds, 37 TD, 23 Int
1980 2 Hugh Green Pittsburgh SR DL
1977 7 Matt Cavanaugh* Pittsburgh SR QB 110 Cmp, 187 Att, 1844 Yds, 15 TD, 6 Int
1976 1 Tony Dorsett Pittsburgh SR RB 370 Att, 2150 Yds, 5.8 Avg, 22 TD
1975 4 Tony Dorsett Pittsburgh JR RB 255 Att, 1686 Yds, 6.6 Avg, 13 TD
1960 6 Mike Ditka Pittsburgh SR E 11 Rec, 229 Yds, 20.8 Avg, 2 TD
1941 7 Edgar Jones Pittsburgh SR RB
1938 2 Marshall Goldberg Pittsburgh SR RB
1937 3 Marshall Goldberg Pittsburgh JR RB

4. Syracuse Orange

Heisman Trophy winners - 1 (Ernie Davis)
Top 10 finishes - 8
Last - 2001, DL Dwight Freeney finished ninth

Year Rk Player School Class Pos Summary
2001 9 Dwight Freeney Syracuse SR DL
1998 5 Donovan McNabb Syracuse SR QB 171 Cmp, 281 Att, 2326 Yds, 23 TD, 6 Int
1987 2 Don McPherson* Syracuse SR QB 140 Cmp, 250 Att, 2481 Yds, 23 TD, 11 Int
1967 4 Larry Csonka Syracuse SR RB 261 Att, 1127 Yds, 4.3 Avg, 8 TD
1966 5 Floyd Little Syracuse SR RB 162 Att, 811 Yds, 5.0 Avg, 12 TD
1965 5 Floyd Little Syracuse JR RB 193 Att, 1065 Yds, 5.5 Avg, 14 TD
1961 1 Ernie Davis Syracuse SR RB 150 Att, 823 Yds, 5.5 Avg, 12 TD
1956 5 Jim Brown Syracuse SR RB 158 Att, 986 Yds, 6.2 Avg, 13 TD

5. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Heisman Trophy winners - 0
Top 10 finishes - 7
Last - 2006, WR Calvin Johnson finishes 10th

Year Rk Player School Class Pos Summary
2006 10 Calvin Johnson Georgia Tech JR WR 76 Rec, 1202 Yds, 15.8 Avg, 15 TD
1999 2 Joe Hamilton Georgia Tech SR QB 203 Cmp, 305 Att, 3060 Yds, 29 TD, 11 Int
1978 8 Eddie Lee Ivery Georgia Tech SR RB 267 Att, 1562 Yds, 5.9 Avg, 9 TD
1963 2 Billy Lothridge Georgia Tech SR QB 76 Cmp, 153 Att, 1017 Yds, 10 TD, 7 Int
1962 8 Billy Lothridge Georgia Tech JR QB 83 Cmp, 156 Att, 1006 Yds, 6 TD, 8 Int
1943 5 Eddie Prokop Georgia Tech SR RB
1942 3 Clint Castleberry Georgia Tech FR RB

6. Maryland Terrapins

Heisman Trophy winners - 0
Top 10 finishes - 6
Last - 1983, QB Boomer Esiason finishes 10th

Year Rk Player School Class Pos Summary
1983 10 Boomer Esiason Maryland SR QB 163 Cmp, 294 Att, 2322 Yds, 15 TD, 8 Int
1974 9 Randy White Maryland SR DL
1961 8 Gary Collins Maryland SR WR 30 Rec, 428 Yds, 14.3 Avg, 4 TD
1955 6 Bob Pellegrini Maryland SR OL
1953 4 Bernie Faloney Maryland SR QB
1952 2 Jack Scarbath Maryland SR QB

7t. Boston College Eagles

Heisman Trophy winners - 1 (Doug Flutie)
Top 10 finishes - 5
Last - 2007, QB Matt Ryan finishes seventh

Year Rk Player School Class Pos Summary
2007 7 Matt Ryan Boston College SR QB 388 Cmp, 654 Att, 4507 Yds, 31 TD, 19 Int
1993 5 Glenn Foley Boston College SR QB 222 Cmp, 363 Att, 3397 Yds, 25 TD, 10 Int
1984 1 Doug Flutie* Boston College SR QB 246 Cmp, 423 Att, 3634 Yds, 30 TD, 13 Int
1983 3 Doug Flutie Boston College JR QB 177 Cmp, 345 Att, 2724 Yds, 17 TD, 15 Int
1942 4 Mike Holovak Boston College SR RB

7t. North Carolina Tar Heels

Heisman Trophy winners - 0
Top 10 finishes - 5
Last - 2001, DL Julius Peppers finishes 10th

Year Rk Player School Class Pos Summary
2001 10 Julius Peppers North Carolina JR DL 3 Int, 42 Yds, 1 TD
1976 8 Mike Voight* North Carolina SR RB 315 Att, 1407 Yds, 4.5 Avg, 18 TD
1970 9 Don McCauley* North Carolina SR RB 360 Att, 1863 Yds, 5.2 Avg, 22 TD
1949 2 Charlie Justice North Carolina SR RB
1948 2 Charlie Justice North Carolina JR RB

7t. Virginia Cavaliers

Heisman Trophy winners - 0
Top 10 finishes - 5
Last - 2007, DL Chris Long finishes 10th

Year Rk Player School Class Pos Summary
2007 10 Chris Long Virginia SR DL 36 Solo, 43 Ast, 14.0 Sk, 1 Int
1999 8 Thomas Jones Virginia SR RB 334 Att, 1798 Yds, 5.4 Avg, 16 TD
1990 4 Shawn Moore Virginia SR QB 144 Cmp, 241 Att, 2262 Yds, 21 TD, 8 Int
1990 6 Herman Moore Virginia JR WR 54 Rec, 1190 Yds, 22.0 Avg, 13 TD
1941 5 Bill Dudley Virginia SR RB

10t. Duke Blue Devils

Heisman Trophy winners - 0
Top 10 finishes - 4
Last - 1963, RB Jay Wilkinson finishes ninth

Year Rk Player School Class Pos Summary
1963 9 Jay Wilkinson Duke SR RB 117 Att, 631 Yds, 5.4 Avg, 6 TD
1941 9 Steve Lach Duke SR RB
1938 10 Dean Hill Duke SR OL
1936 6 Ace Parker Duke SR RB

10t. N.C. State Wolfpack

Heisman Trophy winners - 0
Top 10 finishes - 4
Last - 2003, QB Philip Rivers finishes seventh

Year Rk Player School Class Pos Summary
2003 7 Philip Rivers N.C. State SR QB 348 Cmp, 483 Att, 4491 Yds, 34 TD, 7 Int
1998 8 Torry Holt N.C. State SR WR 88 Rec, 1604 Yds, 18.2 Avg, 11 TD
1978 6 Ted Brown N.C. State SR RB 302 Att, 1350 Yds, 4.5 Avg, 11 TD
1961 9 Roman Gabriel N.C. State SR QB 99 Cmp, 186 Att, 937 Yds, 8 TD, 6 Int

12. Virginia Tech Hokies

Heisman Trophy winners - 0
Top 10 finishes - 3
Last - 2009, RB C.J. Spiller finishes sixth

Year Rk Player School Class Pos Summary
2000 6 Michael Vick Virginia Tech SO QB 87 Cmp, 161 Att, 1234 Yds, 8 TD, 6 Int
1999 3 Michael Vick Virginia Tech FR QB 105 Cmp, 182 Att, 2065 Yds, 13 TD, 5 Int
1972 9 Don Strock Virginia Tech SR QB 228 Cmp, 427 Att, 3243 Yds, 16 TD, 27 Int

13. Clemson Tigers

Heisman Trophy winners - 0
Top 10 finishes - 2
Last - 2009, RB C.J. Spiller finishes sixth

Year Rk Player School Class Pos Summary
2009 6 C.J. Spiller Clemson SR RB 216 Att, 1212 Yds, 5.6 Avg, 12 TD
1978 6 Steve Fuller* Clemson SR QB 101 Cmp, 187 Att, 1515 Yds, 7 TD, 4 Int

14. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Heisman Trophy winners - 0
Top 10 finishes - 1
Last - 1964, RB Brian Piccolo finishes 10th

Year Rk Player School Class Pos Summary
1964 10 Brian Piccolo Wake Forest SR RB 252 Att, 1044 Yds, 4.1 Avg, 15 TD

* indicates bowl stats are included.

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