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Sporting News College Football Player of the Year
Silver Anniversary Awards
Given fortop collegiate football player
CountryUnited States
Presented bySporting News
First award1942
Most recentJoe Burrow, LSU

The Sporting News College Football Player of the Year award is given to the player of the year in college football as adjudged by Sporting News.[1]


Oklahoma and Ohio State hold the record for most awards, with each school having won eight times.

Year Winner School
1942 Frank Sinkwich Georgia
1943 Angelo Bertelli Notre Dame
1944 Les Horvath Ohio State
1945 Doc Blanchard Army
1946 Glenn Davis Army
1947 John Lujack Notre Dame
1948 Doak Walker SMU
1949 Leon Hart Notre Dame
1950 Vic Janowicz Ohio State
1951 Dick Kazmaier Princeton
1952 Billy Vessels Oklahoma
1953 John Lattner Notre Dame
1954 Howard Cassady Ohio State
1956 Tommy McDonald Oklahoma
1957 John David Crow Texas A&M
1958 Billy Cannon LSU
1960 Joe Bellino Navy
1961 Bob Ferguson Ohio State
1962 Terry Baker Oregon State
1963 Roger Staubach Navy
1964 Dick Butkus Illinois
1965 Donny Anderson Texas Tech
1965 Jim Grabowski Illinois
1966 Steve Spurrier Florida
1967 Gary Beban UCLA
1968 O.J. Simpson USC
1969 Steve Owens Oklahoma
1970 Jim Plunkett Stanford
1971 Ed Marinaro Cornell
1971 Pat Sullivan Auburn
1972 Bert Jones LSU
1973 John Hicks Ohio State
1974 Archie Griffin
1976 Tony Dorsett Pittsburgh
1977 Earl Campbell Texas
1978 Billy Sims Oklahoma
1979 Charles White USC
1980 Hugh Green Pittsburgh
1981 Marcus Allen USC
1982 Herschel Walker Georgia
1983 Mike Rozier Nebraska
1984 Doug Flutie Boston College
1985 Bo Jackson Auburn
1986 Vinny Testaverde Miami (FL)
1987 Tim Brown Notre Dame
1988 Barry Sanders Oklahoma State
1989 Darian Hagan Colorado
1990 Raghib Ismail Notre Dame
1991 Desmond Howard Michigan
1992 Marvin Jones Florida State
1993 Charlie Ward
1994 Rashaan Salaam Colorado
1995 Tommy Frazier Nebraska
1996 Danny Wuerffel Florida
1997 Charles Woodson Michigan
1998 Ricky Williams Texas
1999 Ron Dayne Wisconsin
2000 Chris Weinke Florida State
2001 Eric Crouch Nebraska
2002 Carson Palmer USC
2003 Jason White Oklahoma
2004 Alex Smith Utah
2005 Reggie Bush USC
2006 Troy Smith Ohio State
2007 Tim Tebow Florida
2008 Graham Harrell Texas Tech
2008 Sam Bradford Oklahoma
2008 Colt McCoy Texas
2009 Mark Ingram Alabama
2010 Cam Newton Auburn
2011 Robert Griffin III Baylor
2012 Johnny Manziel Texas A&M
2013 Jameis Winston Florida State
2014 Marcus Mariota Oregon
2015 Baker Mayfield[2] Oklahoma
2016 Lamar Jackson Louisville
2017 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma
2018 Tua Tagovailoa Alabama
2019 Joe Burrow LSU


  1. ^ Bradley, Ken (December 16, 2014). "Sporting News all-time College Football Players of the Year". Sporting News. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Halliburton, Suzanne (December 18, 2015). "Sooners' Baker Mayfield is Sporting News national player of year". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved 2017.

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