Highest Percentage of First Place Heisman Votes

Troy Smith won the 2006 Heisman Trophy, capturing 86.7% of the first place votes, a record that still stands today. Smith, who received ¬†2,540 votes, defeated Arkansas’ Darren McFadden (878) and Notre Dame’s Brady Quinn (782). Smith’s margin of victory over 2nd place, 1,662 votes, is the second largest of all time behind O.J. Simpson (1968) who won by 1,750 votes. He also has the third most votes in Heisman history behind OJ Simpson (2,853) and then-Heisman winner, Reggie Bush (2,541). He is also the only senior since 2002 to win the award.

Troy was raised in Columbus, Ohio before moving to the Cleveland area. He played his first two years at St. Edward High School in Lakewood and later transferred to Glenville High School in Cleveland. After graduation, Smith played for The Ohio State Buckeyes from 2003 to 2006. During his tenure with Ohio State, he was named an All-American, NCAA QB of the year, Fiesta Bowl MVP,  presented the Walter Camp Award, and the coveted Heisman Trophy.


Highest Percentage of Heisman Votes

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