Eddie George captured Ohio State University's sixth Heisman Trophy. At 6-foot 3-inches George averaged 152.2 yards per game and scored 23 touchdowns. George rushed for over 100 yards in 11 straight games after gaining 99 in the Kickoff Classic against Boston College. He accomplished all of these feats while rarely playing more than three quarters. George's finest game was at home, in Ohio Stadium, against a tough Illinois defense, which was ranked second in the Big Ten against the run. During the 41-3 romp, the Buckeye rushed for 314 yards and scored three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving. When his coach, John Cooper, was asked what separated Eddie George from every other player he has coached, Cooper replied, "I've been coaching 33 years and this young man has got the best work ethic of any football player I've been around. Obviously he's a great football player, but this award could not go to a finer person, both on the field and off the field, than Eddie George." George was selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft with the 14th overall pick Eddie was named to the Pro-Bowl in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
Eddie George became the fifth Ohio State player to win the Heisman as he captured three regions, the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest while Tommie Frazier of Nebraska finished in first in the Southwest and Far West. Danny Wuerffel of Florida won the South. This was Ohio State's sixth Heisman Trophy. Archie Griffin, the only two-time Heisman Trophy Winner, won in 1974 and '75.