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This offseason we will count down various topics from Monday through Friday, bringing you the top five of the important and definitely some not so important issues in college football. It's the Doc Five, every week until we will thankfully have actual games to discuss.
GREATEST COLLEGE PLAYERS WITH QUIETEST NFL CAREERS
NO. 2, JASON WHITE
Oklahoma quarterback Jason White came very, very close to winning two Heisman Trophies. Just think about how we'd recall him differently if he pulled that off.
White won a Heisman Trophy in 2003. On Nov. 23, 2004, only a few weeks before the trophy was awarded, White held the lead over USC quarterback Matt Leinart in a Scripps-Howard straw poll, as we can see via HeismanPundit.com's archives. HeismanPundit.com was convinced that if Leinart had a poor final regular-season game, the trophy was going to White. Well, Leinart threw for 400 yards and five touchdowns against Notre Dame that week, and that was that. Leinart won the Heisman, White ended up finishing third behind Leinart and teammate Adrian Peterson, though he had more first-place votes than Peterson. He also had just 90 fewer first-place votes than Leinart, despite Leinart's eruption against the Irish.
So if the straw polls were accurate, and you assume that Leinart's late push took more votes away from White than Peterson, with one bad performance by Leinart against Notre Dame White would have joined Archie Griffin as the only two-time Heisman winners. And again, imagine how we would view White now, and decades from now.
Instead, we've pretty much forgotten how great White's career was, in large part because he never had a NFL career.
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