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:
|1950||4||Babe Parelli||Junior||QB||214||Vic Janowicz|
|1951||3||Babe Parelli||Sr.||QB||344||Richard Kazmaier|
|1953||10||Steve Meilinger||Sr.||E||65||John Lattner|
|1957||4||Lou Michaels||Sr.||T||330||John David Crow||Texas A&M Aggies|
|1997||9||Tim Couch||Sophomore||QB||22||Charles Woodson|
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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