NEW YORK (AP) -- Voting for the 2001 Heisman Trophy, with first-, second- and third-place votes and total points (voting on 3-2-1 basis):
Player 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Eric Crouch, Nebraska 162 98 88 770
Rex Grossman, Florida 137 105 87 708
Ken Dorsey, Miami 109 122 67 638
Joey Harrington, Ore. 54 68 66 364
David Carr, Fresno St. 34 60 58 280
A Randle El, Indiana 46 39 51 267
Roy Williams, Okla. 13 36 35 146
B McKinnie, Miami 26 12 14 116
D Freeney, Syracuse 2 6 24 42
Julius Peppers, N.C 2 10 15 41
CAPTION:Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch became the third Cornhusker to win the Heisman Trophy as he joined Johnny Rogers, the 1972 winner, and Mike Rozier, the 1983 winner. (AP Photo)
BYLINE1:By David Lennon
NEW YORK -- Miami's Ken Dorsey had the 11-0 record. Florida's Rex Grossman had the eye-popping passing numbers. As for Oregon's Joey Harrington, he had the 10-story billboard of his likeness not far from Times Square.
But it was Nebraska's Eric Crouch who was presented the Heisman Trophy during Saturday night's ceremony at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan. He edged runner-up Grossman by 62 points, making it the fourth-closest Heisman race in the 67-year history of the award.
"I think that when (the voters) looked at Eric," Nebraska Coach Frank Solich said, "they looked at him as a complete football player."
Crouch probably is not the best quarterback of the four, and in the Cornhuskers' option offense, he never had the opportunity to challenge the other Heisman finalists' prodigious passing yardage or touchdown totals through the air.
Even so, Crouch was a deserving candidate for different reasons, mostly involving his 4.4 speed in the 40 and uncanny ability to run through opposing defenses. He threw more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (7) this season, but he rushed for 1,115 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Crouch, at 6-1, 200 pounds, doesn't figure to be a prototypical NFL quarterback, and he'll probably have to make a position switch in the professional ranks. But Crouch is one of only three Division I-A quarterbacks with 3,000 career rushing yards (3,434) and 4,000 career passing yards (4,481) as he awaits Nebraska's bowl berth.
Not bad for a kid who nearly quit football before the start of his sophomore season. Crouch was so discouraged by his standing on the depth chart that he left the team and drove home to Omaha, an impulsive move that seemed ridiculous last night with the Heisman Trophy sitting beside him, his name inscribed on its base.
"I never thought this would happen in a million years," Crouch said. "I feel like, in a lot of ways, that I beat the odds."
Some people believed that last month's 62-36 loss to Colorado, which wrecked the Huskers' undefeated season, might have ruined Crouch's Heisman hopes as well. But he hardly could be blamed for that lopsided defeat.
Crouch piled up 360 yards in total offense (167 on the ground) and scored two touchdowns, so he never worried about the ramifications of that rough afternoon as far as the Heisman was concerned.
"I did my part," Crouch said. "I don't consider that my best game ever. But in a way, that may have helped my chances."
He built a strong case for himself throughout the season. Not only throwing and rushing for touchdowns, but catching a big one, too. His 63-yard touchdown grab against No. 2 Oklahoma helped secure a 20-10 victory and provided a highlight that will never be forgotten in that fierce rivalry.
It has been a magical season for Crouch, and that's what likely gave him the edge against some difficult competition.
Grossman, a sophomore, completed 65.6 percent of his passes for a school-record 3,896 yards and 34 touchdowns. In his first two years, Grossman has thrown for 55 touchdowns, more than any other quarterback in Division I-A history. Chances are he'll be back among the finalists again.
"If I was a senior, who knows?" Grossman said. "It's not something I'll dwell on, like losing or not being in the SEC championship."
Dorsey, a junior, found it easy to shake off the disappointment as well. His Miami team will play for the national championship in the Rose Bowl, so he could still be clutching a pretty valuable trophy by season's end.
"It's almost a relief," Dorsey said. "Now Eric has to play with all that pressure in the bowl game. I feel now that I can put all this behind me and move on. The big thing to me is to win the Rose Bowl."
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