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UPI Player of the year
Awarded for the college football lineman of the year
Presented by United Press International
Country United States
First awarded 1950
Last awarded 1991

The United Press International College Football Player of the Year Award was among the first and most recognized college football awards. With the demise of UPI in 1997 the award was discontinued. Offensive and defensive players were eligible. Tommy Nobis was the runner-up that season. Unlike the Heisman, it was never affiliated with a civic organization or named after a player (like the Walter Camp Award). Like all UPI college awards at the time, it was based on the votes of NCAA coaches.Billy Cannon, O.J. Simpson, and Archie Griffin are the only two-time winners. [1] [2][3]

Yearly winners

1950—Vic Janowicz, Ohio State
1951—Dick Kalmaler, Princeton
1952—Bill Vessells, Ohlahoma
1953—Paul Giel, Minnesota
1954Alan Ameche, Wisconsin
1955—Howard Cassidy, Ohio State
1956—Johnny Majors, Tennessee
1957—John David Crow, Texas A&M
1958Billy Cannon, LSU
1959—Billy Cannon, LSU
1960Joe Bellino, Navy
1961Bob Ferguson, Ohio State
1962—Terry Baker, Oregon State
1963Roger Staubach, Navy
1964John Huarte, Notre Dame
1965Mike Garrett, USC
1966Steve Spurrier, FLorida
1967O. J. Simpson, USC
1968—O. J. Simpson, USC
1969—Steve Owens, Oklahoma
1970Jim Plunkett, Stanford
1971Ed Marinaro, Cornell
1972Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska
1973John Cappelletti, Penn State
1974Archie Griffin, Ohio State
1975—Archie Griffin, Ohio State
1976Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh
1977Earl Campbell, Texas
1978Billy Sims, Oklahoma
1979Charles White, USC
1980Hugh Green, Pittsburgh
1981Marcus Allen, USC
1982Herschel Walker, Georgia
1983Mike Rozier, Nebraska
1984Doug Flutie, Boston College
1985Bo Jackson, Auburn
1986Vinny Testaverde, Miami (Fla.)
1987—Tim Brown, Notre Dame
1988Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State
1989Andre Ware, Houston
1990Ty Detmer, BYU
1991Desmond Howard, Michigan
Source: United Press International


  1. ^ Los Angeles Times, December 12, 1962.
  2. ^ Deseret News, December 18, 1990
  3. ^ Deseret News, December 18, 1991

College football awards
BEST PLAYER awards: Heisman Memorial Trophy (1935) • Maxwell Award (1937) • SN Player of the Year (1942) • Chic Harley Award (1955) •
Walter Camp Award (1967) • AP Player of the Year (1998) • Archie Griffin Award (1999)
Bill Willis Trophy (defensive lineman)
Bronko Nagurski Trophy (Defenseman)
Chuck Bednarik Award (Defenseman)
Dave Rimington Trophy (Center)
Davey O'Brien Award (Quarterback)
Dick Butkus Award (Linebacker)
Doak Walker Award (Running back)
Fred Biletnikoff Award (Wide receiver)
Freshman of the Year
Jack Lambert Trophy (linebacker)
Jack Tatum Trophy (defensive back)
Jim Brown Trophy (running back)
Jim Parker Trophy (offensive lineman)
Jim Thorpe Award (Defensive back)
College Football Performance Awards (Various positions)
John Mackey Award (Tight end)
Johnny Unitas Award (Senior quarterback)
Lombardi Award (Lineman/linebacker)
Lott Trophy (Defenseman)
Lou Groza Award (Placekicker)
Lowe's Senior CLASS Award (Student-athlete)
Manning Award (Quarterback)
Outland Trophy (Interior lineman)
Paul Warfield Trophy (wide receiver)
Quarterback of the Year
Ray Guy Award (Punter)
Sammy Baugh Trophy (Quarterback)
Ted Hendricks Award (Defensive end)
Tight End of the Year
William V. Campbell Trophy (Student-athlete)
Wuerffel Trophy (Humanitarian-athlete)
COACHING: AFCA Coach of the Year (1935) • Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (1957) • SN Coach of the Year (1963) • Walter Camp Coach of the Year (1967) •
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year (1976) • Woody Hayes Trophy (1977) • Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year (1986) •
George Munger Award (1989) • Home Depot Coach of the Year (1994) • AP Coach of the Year (1998) • Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award (2006) •
Broyles Assistant Coach of the YearAFCA Assistant Coach of the Year
DIVISION I FCS awards: Walter Payton Award (Div. I FCS offensive player) • Buck Buchanan Award (Div. I FCS defenseman)
Eddie Robinson Award (Div. I FCS coach)
CONFERENCE awards: Big 12 awardsBig East awardsBig Ten awards (MVP) • MAC awardsPac-10 awardsSEC awards
OTHER DIVISIONS / ASSOCIATIONS: Harlon Hill Trophy (Div. II) • Gagliardi Trophy (Div. III) • Melberger Award (Div. III) • Rawlings Award (NAIA)
MOST INSPIRATIONAL individual or team: Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award
HALL OF FAME: College Football Hall of Fame


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