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Jason White
White as a Sooner.
Jersey #(s)
Born June 19, 1980 (1980-06-19) (age 29)
Career information
Year(s) 20002004
Undrafted in 2005
College Oklahoma
Professional teams
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career stats
Yards --
QB Rating --
Career highlights and awards

Jason White (born June 19, 1980) is a former quarterback for the University of Oklahoma football team from 1999 to 2004. White was raised in Tuttle, Oklahoma playing high-school football there with the Tuttle Tigers.


College career



White redshirted his true freshman season in 2000. The Sooners went on to win the 2001 Orange Bowl and a national championship. The team was led at quarterback by senior Josh Heupel.


Nate Hybl beat out White for the starting quarterback job in 2001 in an attempt to defend the national title. Hybl hurt his right side in the first quarter of the Sooners' 14-3 win over No. 5 Texas and did not return. Jason White replaced him and was 16-of-23 for 108 yards and ran 12 times for a team-high 38 yards. White's performance excited Sooner fans for both the immediate and long-term future of the QB position. Jason White started the next week against Kansas, throwing 4 TD passes to Nate Hybl's roommate, TE Trent Smith. White continued to start the following games for the Sooners including a showdown with Nebraska, featuring the top 2 teams in the BCS for the second consecutive year. During the second quarter Jason White injured the ACL in his knee while completing a long pass to RB Quentin Griffin. He would be unable to return the rest of the year, giving Nate Hybl the chance to start once again. Hybl eventually led the Sooners to the 2002 Cotton Bowl. White ended up getting to throw the ball 113 times during the 2001 season as Hybl's backup.


The 2002 season started out with a preseason battle for the starting QB spot between Jason White and senior QB Nate Hybl. White eventually won a close a battle and was named the starter for the first game against Tulsa. After a slow start, the offense finally got rolling and they easily cruised to a shut out win. In the second game, the Alabama Crimson Tide came to Norman. White again went down with a knee injury, this time tearing the ACL in the opposite knee. Hybl came in as a backup and led the team to a hard-fought come-from-behind win, but the offense experienced some struggles in the second half. White would again be out for the season and Hybl led the team to a Big 12 championship and a berth in the 2003 Rose Bowl game, being named MVP.


After suffering from consecutive anterior cruciate ligament tears and reconstructive knee surgeries on both knees during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, White won the Heisman Trophy in 2003 after throwing 40 touchdown passes and 8 interceptions. White was also the recipient of the Associated Press Player of the Year, consensus All-American, consensus Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, the Davey O'Brien Award and the Jim Thorpe Courage Award in his 2003 season. He was also the 2003 NCAA QB of the Year as awarded by the Touchdown Club of Columbus. [1] He was awarded a medical hardship by the NCAA and allowed to play a second senior year in 2004.[2][3] He led the Sooners to the Big 12 championship game in 2003, which they lost to Kansas State.[4]

2003 Heisman Trophy Winner Voting[5]
Finalist First place votes
(3 pts. each)
Second place votes
(2 pts. each)
Third place votes
(1 pt. each)
Total points
Jason White 319 204 116 1,481
Larry Fitzgerald 253 233 128 1,353
Eli Manning 95 132 161 710


White was again a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 2004, trying to become just the second player after Archie Griffin to win the honor twice, but instead finished third. White did win the Davey O'Brien Award for the second straight year, becoming the third quarterback ever to win the prestigious award two years in a row. With the help of the second place Heisman Trophy finisher Adrian Peterson, White took the Oklahoma Sooners to the national championship game once more, the Orange Bowl, in 2004, but lost soundly to USC, 55-19. White finished his collegiate career as the University of Oklahoma's all-time leader in career passing yards (8,012) and touchdown passes (81).[6]

White's on-the-field accomplishments have been further honored in Tuttle with the painting of a local water tower to read "Home of Jason White 2003 Heisman Trophy Winner".[7] This tower is readily seen from the center of town, just west of State Highways 4 and 37. Additionally, a section of Cimarron Road in the city was renamed "Jason White Boulevard".

College statistics

Year Att Comp Pct Yds TD Int Rating
2001 113 73 64.6 681 5 3 124.5
2002 34 20 58.8 181 1 2 101.5
2003 451 278 61.6 3,846 40 10 158.1
2004 390 255 65.4 3,205 35 9 159.4


NFL career

Despite his strong college career, White was not selected in the 2005 NFL Draft and did not receive a tryout from any NFL team in the first several weeks of post-draft free agency. He did eventually receive a tryout from the Kansas City Chiefs, who opted not to sign him. Eventually the Tennessee Titans signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2005,[9] but White decided to quit professional football, citing weak knees. White has expressed a possible interest in coaching sometime in the future.[10]

Post football life

Today, White owns and operates A Store Divided, an OU/OSU memorabilia store, and a The Athlete's Foot shoe store.[11] He also worked with insurance agent Steve Owens, another former Sooner Heisman Trophy winner and former athletic director at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to that, White worked briefly for a securities firm in downtown Oklahoma City. He is a co-founder and board member of St. Anthony Hospital's YourCARE Clinic community health centers.

In 2007, a bronze statue of White was dedicated on the University of Oklahoma campus in Heisman Park, commemorating his 2003 award.[12]


  1. ^ "NCAA Quarterback of the Year". Touchdown Club of Columbus. April 6, 2009. 
  2. ^ "All-American: Jason White". Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  3. ^ Matt, Hayes (2003-10-20). "Better sooner than never: two ACL injuries—one on each knee—cost Oklahoma quarterback Jason White most of two seasons. How healthy and at the helm of a surprisingly potent offense, he's making up for lost time". Sporting News, The. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  4. ^ Dubow, Josh (2003-12-07). "Wildcats Upset Top-ranked Sooners To Claim Big 12 Championship". Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Oklahoma Reflects on 12-1 Season". 2005-01-05. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  7. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (2004-12-03). "Top player White out to help Oklahoma finish as top team". USA Today. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Sooners in the National Football League". Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  10. ^ "J. White Says Knees Were Reason for Retiring". 2005-08-11. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  11. ^ Jason White's Store Divided (2007-07-30). "Heisman Winner Teams Up with Homeland". Press release. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  12. ^ "Oklahoma To Unveil Statue Of 2003 Heisman Winner Jason White". 2007-09-07. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nate Hybl
Oklahoma Sooners Starting Quarterback
2001, 2002, 2003-2004
Succeeded by
Rhett Bomar
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brad Banks
Davey O'Brien Award winner
Succeeded by
Jason White
Preceded by
Carson Palmer
Heisman Trophy Winner
Succeeded by
Matt Leinart
Preceded by
Eli Manning
Maxwell Award
Succeeded by
Vince Young
Preceded by
Jason White
Davey O'Brien Award winner
Succeeded by
Vince Young


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