Heisman Finalists From Kentucky Through The Years

Kentucky has had Heisman Trophy finalists in more seasons than you might think.

Our earlier post about Tim Couch got me to wondering -- how many years since the Heisman Trophy has been awarded has Kentucky had a finalist? The answer might surprise you.

Kentucky has never had a Heisman winner, but they have had a total of four different people wind up as finalists for football's greatest individual award in a total of six seasons. Here they are:

Year Position Name Class Position Points Winner School
1950 4 Babe Parelli Junior QB 214 Vic Janowicz Ohio St. Buckeyes
1951 3 Babe Parelli Sr. QB 344 Richard Kazmaier Princeton Tigers
1953 10 Steve Meilinger Sr. E 65 John Lattner Notre Dame Fighting Irish
1957 4 Lou Michaels Sr. T 330 John David Crow Texas A&M Aggies
1997 9 Tim Couch Sophomore QB 22 Charles Woodson Michigan Wolverines
1998 4 Tim Couch Junior QB 527 Ricky Williams Texas Longhorns


A couple of things that I did not know, or did not remember: Both Babe Parelli and Tim Couch were nominated twice for the award, and that Kentucky has had two linemen as finalists -- Steve Meilinger, an end, and of course, Lou Michaels, an offensive tackle. It's also worthy of note that Princeton has a Heisman winner, even though they no longer field a college football team.

Unsurprisingly, Paul "Bear" Bryant was the coach in 1950, '51 and '53, which accounts for fully half of Kentucky's finalist seasons. Kentucky was 11-1 in 1950, 8-4 in 1951, and 7-2-1 in 1953. Blanton Collier was Lou Michaels' coach, and we all know that Hall Mumme was the coach when Tim Couch was a finalist both in 1997 and 1998.

Many people, seeing the condition of Kentucky's program these days, might well think that the Wildcats had never had a Heisman finalist other than Tim Couch, but that's not true.


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