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UPI College Football Player of the Year

The United Press International College Football Player of the Year Award was among the first and most recognized college football awards. With the second bankruptcy of UPI in 1991, along with that of its parent company, the award was discontinued. Offensive and defensive players were eligible. Unlike the Heisman, it was never affiliated with a civic organization or named after a player (like the Walter Camp Award). Like all UPI college awards at the time, it was based on the votes of NCAA coaches. Billy Cannon, O.J. Simpson, and Archie Griffin are the only two-time winners.[1][2][3]

UPI Player of the year
Given forThe Most Outstanding Offensive or Defensive College Football Player of the Year
CountryUnited States
Presented byUnited Press International
First award1950
Final award1991

Yearly winnersEdit

1950Vic Janowicz, Ohio State
1951Dick Kazmaier, Princeton
1952Billy Vessels, Oklahoma
1953Paul Giel, Minnesota
1954Alan Ameche, Wisconsin
1955Howard Cassady, Ohio State
1956Johnny Majors, Tennessee
1957John David Crow, Texas A&M
1958Billy Cannon, LSU
1959—Billy Cannon, LSU
1960Joe Bellino, Navy
1961Bob Ferguson, Ohio State
1962Terry Baker, Oregon State
1963Roger Staubach, Navy
1964John Huarte, Notre Dame
1965Mike Garrett, USC
1966Steve Spurrier, Florida
1967O. J. Simpson, USC
1968—O. J. Simpson, USC
1969Steve Owens, Oklahoma
1970Jim Plunkett, Stanford
1971Ed Marinaro, Cornell
1972Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska
1973John Cappelletti, Penn State
1974Archie Griffin, Ohio State
1975—Archie Griffin, Ohio State
1976Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh
1977Earl Campbell, Texas
1978Billy Sims, Oklahoma
1979Charles White, USC
1980Hugh Green, Pittsburgh
1981Marcus Allen, USC
1982Herschel Walker, Georgia
1983Mike Rozier, Nebraska
1984Doug Flutie, Boston College
1985Bo Jackson, Auburn
1986Vinny Testaverde, Miami (Fla.)
1987Tim Brown, Notre Dame
1988Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State
1989Andre Ware, Houston
1990Ty Detmer, BYU
1991Desmond Howard, Michigan


  1. ^ Los Angeles Times, December 12, 1962.
  2. ^ Deseret News, December 18, 1990
  3. ^ Deseret News, December 18, 1991