Glenn Davis Wins Heisman Trophy
He was the "Mr. Outside" of the famed Davis-Blanchard duo.
Glenn scored 59 touchdowns in his career and gained an amazing 4,129 yards from rishing and passing for the Black Knights. He holds the major college record for most yards gained per play in one season, 11.7. He averaged 58 minutes a game against a tough schedule. No major collegian ever approached his remarkable career average of almost one TD every nine plays. Serving in the Army in Korea until 1950, Davis resigned his commission to join the Los Angeles Rams and played on two championship teams. Injuries cut his career short, however he turned to public relations and promotions for the Los Angeles Times special events department. While at the Times, Davis' primary goal was to raise money for youth activities. He later retired to La Quinta, California and married the late Alan Ameche's widow, Yvonne on July 12th 1996. Glenn Davis passed away in March of 2005.
Glenn was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1961.
It was finally the year to win the Heisman for Army halfback Glenn Davis after compiling impressive point totals and finishing second the two previous years. Davis won every section except the South, which went for Georgia star Charlie Trippi. Army had three players in the top five, the best finish ever for one school.
Glenn Woodward Davis (December 26, 1924 – March 9, 2005) was an American football halfback famous in the 1940s. A member of the Class of 1947 at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Davis initially played college football for the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos. Under coach Earl Blaik, one of the greatest coaches in college football history, Davis teamed with Doc Blanchard to form a devastating pair of runners. With Davis and Blanchard, Army went 27-0-1 between 1944 and 1946.
Davis, nicknamed "Mr. Outside", won the Maxwell Award in 1944 and the Heisman Trophy in 1946. He was also among the runners up in 1944 and 1945. Blanchard, his teammate, won the award in 1945. Davis also was named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in 1946. He also captured the Walter Camp Trophy during his career.
He died of prostate cancer at La Quinta, California on March 9, 2005 at 80.
As a collegian, Davis scored a then-record 59 touchdowns. He still holds the all-time record for most yards averaged per carry in a season, with 11.5 yards in 1945. Together with Blanchard, they set a then-record 97 career touchdowns by a pair of teammates. (The record was broken by University of Southern California backs Reggie Bush and LenDale White, who had 99 career touchdowns.) In 2007, Davis was ranked #13 on ESPN's Top 25 Players In College Football History list.
Davis was a unanimous three-time All-America halfback in football and also starred in baseball, basketball and track while at West Point. During his time at Army, the Cadets enjoyed three unbeaten seasons under Coach Blaik.
He averaged 8.3 yards per carry throughout his career and an astounding 11.5 yards per carry in 1945, both respective records that still stand today. Davis led the nation in 1944 with 120 points and scored 59 touchdowns, including eight on his freshman squad, in his career. His single-season mark of 20 touchdowns stood as a record for 10 years.