Doak Walker, often considered the greatest player to come out of the Southwest Conference, was a junior when he won the Heisman Trophy. For three years he was an All-American at Southern Methodist, where in 35 games he scored 303 points on 40 touchdowns, 60 extra points after touchdown and one field goal. Doak gained over 3,500 yards running and passing, and established several other Southwest Conference records that still stand. Walker led the Mustangs to the Cotton Bowl in both 1948 and '49. Walker went to the Detroit Lions where he played for six seasons, leading the league in rushing in his best year.
Walker became only the second junior ever to win the Heisman, following former Army star Doc Blanchard. The SMU star won in the Midwest, Southwest and Far West, with Justice the winner in the South and Bednarik taking the East. Van Brocklin went on to become a star quarterback and coach in the National Football League and Jensen was a standout outfielder for the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
Tom Harmon | Bruce Smith | Frank Sinkwich | Angelo Bertelli | Les Horvath | Doc Blanchard | Glenn Davis | Johnny Lujack | Doak Walker | Leon Hart
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