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Since the Heisman Trophy was first presented in 1935, LSU players have captured college football's top individual award one time. And the play that helped Billy Cannon capture the award still ranks as of of the most exciting plays of all time.
After leading LSU to a 1958 National Championship, the stage was set for Billy Cannon to garner the national spotlight
The 6-1, 210-pound Cannon was an all-purpose star for the Tigers in his Heisman winning 1959 season. As a running back, Cannon gained 598 yards rushing and the LSU star also excelled as a kick returner. It was a multi-tackle evading TD punt return against Ole Miss that caught the nation's attention and thrust Cannon towards the Heisman Trophy.
The amazing 89-yard punt return delivered the Tigers only score in a 7-3 win over the No. 3 Rebels. The early fourth quarter run through history saw Cannon break seven tackles on his way to the end zone.
Cannon led the 1959 Heisman Trophy voting for college football's top individual awaerd by a steep margin as his 1,927 total voting points easily surpassed the 613 points gained by Penn State's Richie Lucas and SMU's Don Meredith.
While LSU has produced just one Heisman winner, the University has had several players earn a top five voting position since the award was first presented in 1935.
- 1958 Billy Cannon - 3rd
- 1962 Jerry Stovall - 2nd
- 1972 Bert Jones - 4th
- 1978 Charles Alexander - 5th
- 2011 Tyrann Mathieu - 5th
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