Could C.J. Stroud become Ohio State's eighth Heisman Trophy winner?
Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud is looking to win the school's eighth Heisman Trophy.
Stroud is one of four finalists for the award, which will be presented at 8 p.m. Dec. 11.
Other Ohio State Buckeye Heisman Trophy winners are:
- Troy Smith (2006)
- Eddie George (1995)
- Archie Griffin (1974, 1975)
- Howard “Hopalong” Cassady (1955)
- Vic Janowicz (1950)
- Lee Horvath (1944)
With one more Heisman Trophy win, the Ohio State program would stand alone with the most Heisman Trophy winners in college football history. Notre Dame and USC are tied with the Buckeyes, though Reggie Bush's 2005 win was forfeited due to NCAA violations.
Stroud, from Inland Empire, Calif., is completing 68.8% of his passes for 3,036 yards and 30 touchdowns with only five interceptions through 10 games this season.
“Of course, it's a blessing just to even have my name up there," Stroud told reporters this week. "But I don't look at that type of stuff, at least I try not to. I even tell my family members not to send stuff like that to me.”
Here's a look back at past Ohio State winners.
Les Horvath took a year off then became Ohio State's first Heisman
Les Horvath did the unthinkable in 1942.
Horvath, who played quarterback and running back, led the Buckeyes to a national title in 1942 then left the program to attend dental school in 1943.
He was asked to rejoin the team in 1944 and led Ohio State to a Big Ten championship. He had a then single-season conference record of 669 rushing yards, and in total offense with 953 yards on the way to winning the Heisman.
Vin Janowicz scored 16 touchdowns in 1950 en route to Heisman
Vin Janowicz won the Heisman Trophy as a junior on a 6-3 team in 1950.
He scored 16 touchdowns and put together 875 total yards during the season. Most notably, he threw for four touchdowns, ran for two more and kicked 10 extra points in a 83-21 win over Iowa. He also kicked a field goal in a driving snowstorm during the Snow Bowl in 1950.
Howard “Hopalong” Cassady capped Buckeyes career with 1955 Heisman
Howard “Hopalong” Cassady won the Heisman Trophy in 1955 after rushing for 958 yards and 15 touchdowns.
He was also named the Associated Press 1955 Athlete of the Year.
Cassady finished his collegiate career with 2,466 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns.
Archie Griffin is the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner
Archie Griffin won the Heisman Trophy in 1974 and 1975.
In 1974, he rushed for a school-record 1,695 yards and 1,450 yards as a senior in 1975.
He finished his career with then-NCAA-record 5,177 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns, which were NCAA records at the time.
Eddie George broke school record on his way to 1995 Heisman
Eddie George broke a school record with 1,927 rushing yards and finished the season with the Heisman Trophy.
His best game that season was a 314 rushing yard performance against Illinois.
Troy Smith led OSU to BCS title game and won Heisman Trophy
Troy Smith threw for 30 touchdowns in 2006 to run away with the Heisman Trophy award.
Smith ended his career with a 25-3 record as a starter and is the NCAA record holder in passing efficiency.
Information for the story was compiled from the Columbus Dispatch and Ohio State University.