Mark Ingram has company, as there is another Heisman winner in the Crimson Tide family: Derrick Henry. The Alabama Crimson Tide running back became the second Heisman winner in the Tide’s history by winning the 2015 award, joining Ingram, who won it in 2009.
Henry finished with 1,832 votes, nearly 300 votes more than the runner up, Stanford running back Christian McCaffery, who finished with 1,539 votes. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson finished third with 1,165 votes.
Henry had one of the greatest seasons in Southeastern Conference (SEC) history. He broke the conference’s single season rushing record, 1891 yards – set in 1981 by iconic Georgia Bulldogs running back Herschel Walker. Henry broke the 34-year old record in the SEC Championship game against the Florida Gators and finished the regular season with 1,986 rushing yards and 23 rushing touchdowns. Henry also set a SEC record by becoming the first player to account for 100 yards in more than one SEC Championship game.
He beat out some pretty stiff competition in McCaffery and Watson. McCaffery had more yards than any college player in 2015, as his 3,496 all-purpose yards are 1,000 yards more than any other player in college football and broke the previous record of 3.250 yards set by Barry Sanders in 1988. McCaffery would’ve been the first Heisman winner from Stanford since Jim Plunkett in 1970.
Watson led Clemson to an undefeated record and led Clemson to its first Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) title since 2011. He accounted for close to 4,400 total yards and 41 total touchdowns, and would’ve been the first Clemson player to ever win a Heisman.