Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will try to become the fifth Heisman winner in the past nine seasons to double-up and also win a national title ring.
Alabama’s Mark Ingram in 2009, Auburn’s Cam Newton in ’10, Florida State’s Jameis Winston in ’13 and Alabama’s Derrick Henry in 2015 followed up their Heisman-winning campaigns by starring in national title games.
Here is a look at how all the Heisman winners have fared in their postseason games since the award was introduced in 1935. (Note: Unless specified, “no bowl” means a player’s team either didn’t qualify for a bowl or didn’t accept a postseason bid. And remember that in the “old days,” generally only conference champs went to bowl games.
2016: Louisville QB Lamar Jackson
Bowl performance: Jackson had his worst outing of the season in a 29-9 loss to LSU in the Citrus Bowl. Jackson was 10-of-27 for 153 yards, and rushed 26 times for 33 yards. His 186 total yards was the only time all season he had fewer than 200 yards (heck it was one of only five time he was held under 400). Jackson was sacked eight times; he had 100 yards rushing, but the sacks brought his net total way down.
2015: Alabama RB Derrick Henry
Postseason performance: Henry was a busy man in the College Football Playoffs. In a 38-0 rout of Michigan State in a semifinal, Henry had 75 yards and two TDs on 20 carries. In a 45-40 win over Clemson for the national title, Henry rushed for 158 yards and three TDs on 36 carries. His two-game postseason total: 56 carries, 233 yards, five touchdowns. The CFP games were two of the nine games that season in which Henry had multiple TD runs.
2014: Oregon QB Marcus Mariota
Postseason performance: In a 59-20 College Football Semifinal win over Florida State in the Rose Bowl, Mariota was 26-of-36 for 338 yards, two TDs and an interception, and he also rushed for 62 yards and a score. It was one of two games during the season in which Mariota compiled 400 yards of total offense. In the national championship game, a 42-20 loss to Ohio State, Mariota was 24-of-37 for 333 yards, two TDs and a pick, and he rushed for 39 yards. His total offense output of 372 yards was his fifth-highest of the season.
2013: Florida State QB Jameis Winston
Bowl performance: Won 34-31 over Auburn in the final BCS national championship game. Winston threw for 237 yards and two TDs, and guided the Seminoles on the game-winning drive in the final minute. His second TD pass went to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left. Winston was 6-of-7 for 77 yards on the final drive.
2012: Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel
Bowl performance: Won 41-13 over Oklahoma in Cotton Bowl. Manziel threw for 287 yards and two TDs, and he absolutely torched the Sooners on the ground, carrying 17 times for a career-high 229 yards (13.5 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. His 516 yards of total offense was his third-highest total of the season.
2011: Baylor QB Robert Griffin III
Bowl performance: Won 67-56 over Washington in the Alamo Bowl. Griffin threw one touchdown pass and ran for another score. He was 24-of-33 for 295 yards – – and his touchdown throw came on the game’s opening drive.
2010: Auburn QB Cam Newton
Bowl performance: Won 22-19 over Oregon in the BCS national championship game. Newton passed for 265 yards and two TDs, going 20-of-34, and also ran for 64 yards on 22 carries. It was the first time in nine games he did not score a rushing TD. He led Auburn on the game-winning drive, driving the Tigers from their 25 to Oregon’s 2 in the final 2:27; the winning field goal came on the last play of the game.
2009: Alabama RB Mark Ingram
Bowl performance: Won 37-21 over Texas in the BCS national championship game. Ingram ran for 116 yards and two scores on 22 carries; he also had two receptions for 12 yards. His first TD gave the Tide a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter, and Alabama cruised the rest of the way.
2008: Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford
Bowl performance: Lost 24-14 to Florida in the BCS national title game. Bradford was 26-of-41 for 256 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was sacked twice. His passing total was his third-lowest of the season, and his interception total tied his season-high in that category.
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