|USMA Heisman Winners: DOC BLANCHARD 1945, GLENN DAVIS 1946,
PETE DAWKINS 1958.
|Throughout the college football landscape there is traditionally a long list of programs that have produced
waves of great teams and All-Americans. While many might hesitate to put Army in that category, only four
schools, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC, have produced more Heisman Trophy winners than the
The lethal rushing combination of Felix "Doc" Blanchard and Glenn Davis first brought Heisman glory to West
Point following the 1945 and 1946 seasons. Not only did the backfield duo both gain the nation’s top individual
award and earn All-American status three years; they helped lead the Cadets to three consecutive (1944-46)
national championship claims.
Blanchard, who became the first junior to win the award, was known as “Mr. Inside” because of his punishing
running style delivered by six-foot, 200-pound plus frame. Oddly enough Blanchard only entered West Point
after being rejected from the Navy’s V-12 program because he was considered overweight and because he
had a vision problem.
Whatever vision problems Blanchard had, Army Legendary Coach Earl Red Blaik never lost sight of how the
South Carolina native struck fear into Army opponents. “Doc Blanchard was the best built athlete I ever saw: 6
feet and 208 pounds at his peak, not a suspicion of fat on him, with slim waist, atlas shoulders, colossal legs,”
Blaik wrote in his book “You Have to Pay the Price.” For a big man, ‘Doc’ was the quickest starter I ever saw,
and in the open he ran with the niftiness as well as the speed of a great halfback….”