1. Troy Davis
2. Dwayne Crutchfield
3. Blaise Bryant
4. Dexter Green
5. Ennis Haywood
Jim Brown was the best.
Joe Henderson, Tom Watkins
Sanders, Griffin, Davis, Brown, Campbell
All Heismans except Brown, who should have been. I was fortunate to be able to speak to Horning about that once. When I asked who he thought the greagtest RB of all time was, he did not hesitate. "Jim Brown", he said. He said the thing he is most proud of is that he was drafted ahead of the great Jim Brown. "I could not carry his jock strap" quipped Horning. Horning won that Heisman over Brown, an African-American who deserved it but no African-American had ever won it then, and they made no exception that year.
does anyone think that IF Iowa State were a better team, that Troy might have won the Heisman, I mean his numbers spoke for himself, but again it's all a popularity contest, IMO
Walter Payton didn't light it up in college, but he's one of the best Pro...
Troy Davis has gotta be up there. Think of the teams he was on. If those ISU teams in the mid-90s had anything else to work with, he may as well be considered along side the rest of the college greats.
Barry Sanders was very exceptional as well. The combination of speed and the "sixth sense" that separates great running backs and exceptional running backs... looking from that video, Sanders didn't even have to pull off a lot of extravagant moves to break those long runs. A subtle shoulder twist was enough to throw defenders dead set on tackling him off his scent completely. It almost looked effortless the way he made guys miss.
I can only judge the guys I've seen in my lifetime, and to me nobody compares to Barry Sanders - and it's not even close.