Former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jason White did a Skype interview with College Insider and revealed his Heisman vote as well as another surprise. He voted in Sooners current quarterback Landry Jones.
White’s order of choices was, Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein, Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te’o and then Jones. He didn’t even mention Texas A&M Aggies nominee Johnny Manziel.
His reasoning for Jones? He said he had to go with the hometown kid, and after his last several games of the season, he deserved the acknowledgement. A homer pick, maybe? Sure, why not. But Heisman knows Heisman, right? He obviously isn’t the only voter who does this, but Jones is a stretch. A lovely, homeristic stretch. And I approve.
He went on to discuss how much winning the award has changed his life and what a blessing it has been to be a part of the Heisman brotherhood. He did end up discussing the Sooners playing the Aggies in the upcoming AT&T Cotton Bowl and acknowledged how well Johnny Football has done this season. No mention of him in the same breath as the Heisman though.
White was the 2003 recipient of the award and was nominated with Larry Fitzgerald, Eli Manning and Chris Perry. While at Oklahoma he received just about every award you can get: 2003 – Heisman, AP Player of the Year, NCAA QB of the Year, Sporting News Player of the Year, Davey O’Brien Award and unanimous All-American. 2004 – Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and the Maxwell Award.