Jason White Wins 2003 Heisman Trophy

Oklahoma slinger Jason White wins Heisman Trophy NEW YORK – Oklahoma quarterback Jason White was named the 2003 winner of the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in a relatively close victory over Pittsburgh wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

White will complete his college career when the Sooners play Louisiana State in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4 with at least a share of the national title at stake.

“It’s an honor to accept this,” White said after his name was called at the awards ceremony at the Yale Club of New York City. “I never thought I’d have a chance to win it.”

The Heisman, which is annually awarded to college football’s most outstanding player, was voted on by 870 members of the media, 51 former Heisman winners, and one selected fan.

Okla. QB Jason White Wins Heisman Trophy

Jason White capped a remarkable comeback with college football's most prestigious award, winning the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night a year after an injury nearly ended his career.

The Oklahoma quarterback, who almost quit football following his second major knee injury in September 2002, beat out Pittsburgh receiver Larry Fitzgerald by 128 points for the award.

"Last year about this time, I was sitting at home watching the Heisman and thought how neat it would be to be there, to be one of the finalists," White said. "I never thought, after two surgeries, that I'd be here."

White threw 40 touchdown passes and led the third-ranked Sooners to 12 straight wins to open the season and a spot in the Bowl Championship Series title game against No. 2 LSU.

Oklahoma's White wins Heisman Trophy

Oklahoma quarterback Jason White recovered from two bad knees and one bad game to win the 69th Heisman Trophy in ceremonies last night in New York.

The fifth-year senior earned 1,481 points to defeat Pittsburgh sophomore receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who finished 128 points back at 1,353.

Mississippi senior quarterback Eli Manning finished third with 710 points and Michigan senior tailback Chris Perry had 341.

Darren Sproles, Kansas State running back, was fifth, followed by USC quarterback Matt Leinart, Philip Rivers, North Carolina State quarterback, USC receiver Mike Williams, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of Miami of Ohio and Texas Tech quarterback B.J. Symons.

Going through that rehab you never would have thought that you’d get a Heisman out of the deal. I’d go through it all again.”

— Jason White