Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston captured the Heisman Trophy in a landslide this season, but even though he will clearly be the front-runner to win the bronze again in 2014, history suggests that the redshirt freshman is not going to join Ohio State running back Archie Griffin as the only two-time recipients of the award.
Since Griffin pulled off the incredible feat in 1974-75, eight Heisman winners have returned to school after putting the most prestigious honor in the game on their mantle—not one of them has been able to repeat. Most were the odds-on favorite to do it a second time, but this slideshow highlights the myriad reasons why it is indeed the rarest of accomplishments in college football.
One of them, 2007 winner Tim Tebow, actually had two chances to team up with Griffin in the most exclusive of fraternities, but the Florida quarterback came up short in both '08 and '09.
Winston is as good a bet as any to break the mold and collect a second Stiffarm, as the 'Noles aren't going to lose much from their explosive offense due to graduation and/or early entry into the NFL draft. It's possible that the 6'4", 228-pounder can improve—he won't even turn 20 years old until Jan. 6—on the 3,820 passing yards and 38 touchdown passes he accounted for in 2013, plus there is a line of 4- and 5-star signees in Tallahassee waiting to take the reins from their soon-to-be-departed teammates.
Nevertheless, from Oklahoma running back Billy Sims in 1978 to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel just this past season, a Heisman Trophy-winning campaign is a tough act to follow.