NEW YORK, New York (11 December 1999) - Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne, the NCAA's all-time rushing leader, was selected as the Most Outstanding Football Player of the United States for 1999.
William Dockery, President of the Downtown Athletic Club, which inaugurated and sponsors the Heisman Memorial Trophy Award, announced the selection of Dayne on Saturday evening, December 11th, on a nationally televised ESPN sports special, live from the Club's Heisman Room.
The 5'10'', 254-pound Dayne set or tied 2 NCAA records and 42 school records as he joined Alan Ameche as the second Badger to win the Trophy. He is the 52nd senior and the 38th running back to be selected as the recipient of the award.
Dayne, of Berlin, NJ, rushed for 1,834 yards during his senior year to break the all-time rushing record of 6,279 set by 1998 Heisman Trophy winner, Ricky Williams. Dayne tops the Big ten career list in yards rushing (6,925), rushing attempts (1,186), rushing touchdowns (70), touchdowns (70) and points (420).
Dayne chose to return to Wisconsin for his senior year rather than opt for the NFL draft last January. He helped the Badgers, under coach Barry Alavarez, to a regular season record of 9-2 and a berth in the 2000 Rose Bowl. A win in the Rose Bowl would make the Wisconsin Badgers the first team in the history of the Big Ten to win three Rose Bowl championships in one decade.
Ballots were mailed out to 871 media personnel across the nation plus 51 Heisman winners, for a total of 922 electors. Dayne polled with 944 votes. The point total is reached by a system of three points for a first place vote, two for a second and one for a third.
Ron Dayne will officially be honored at the 65th annual Heisman Trophy Award Dinner on Monday evening, December 13th, at the New York Marriott Marquis.
At 5 feet 10 inches and 252 pounds, Ron Dayne is the second Wisconsin Badger to win the Heisman Trophy. During Ron's four year career at Wisconsin the Badgers complied...