John Huarte, the grim-jawed side-arm passer, led Notre Dame to a brilliant season of nine victories in 10 games. Although he played only five minutes as a sophomore and 45 minutes as a junior, he established nine Notre Dame records and tied another. He became the starting quarterback as the Fighting Irish won all but one game during the 1964 season, in which he was selected as an All-American and won the Heisman Trophy. By the end of the season, Huarte threw for 2,062 yards with only 205 passes, an average of over ten yards per pass attempt.
He was the sixth Notre Dame player to win the Heisman Trophy.
John Huarte's 74-point win over Jerry Rhome is the sixth smallest margin in Heisman history. Four of the top 10 returned to New York to play professionally