Roger Staubach was hailed by Navy coach Wayne Hardin as "the greatest quarterback Navy ever had." In 1963, he completed more than 115 passes, nine for touchdowns, and as a sophomore completed 67 of 98 pass attempts and was the leading percentage passer in the nation. In the Michigan-Navy game of 1963, he connected on 14 passes for 237 yards, and against West Virginia he completed 17 passes.
In his second class (junior) season of 1963 he won the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award while leading the Midshipmen to a 9-1 record and a final ranking of #2 in the nation. The Midshipmen lost the national championship to #1 Texas in the Cotton Bowl. That year he led Navy to victory in their annual rivalry with Notre Dame. Navy did not beat Notre Dame again until 2007. In his three seasons at Navy, he completed 292 of 463 passes, with only 19 interceptions, and gained a school record 4,253 yards of total offense. Staubach is the last player from a military academy to win the Heisman Trophy.
Roger Staubach was the fourth junior to win the Heisman Trophy. His 1,356-point margin over Billy Lothridge of Georgia Tech is the seventh largest in Heisman history. Staubach became the second Navy player in four years to win the Heisman and one of the few to win it as a junior. Staubach won going away, taking all five sections and registering 517 first place votes, more than twice the amount compiled by the balance of the candidates.