Ron Becomes the "Great Dayne" in 1999
The NCAA record-setting RB became the 2nd Badger to win college football's top
individual award.  Alan Ameche (1954) was Wisconsin's first Heisman winner.
Ron Dayne - 1999 Heisman Trophy WinnerRon Dayne 1999 Heisman Trophy Winner
Ron Dayne - 1999 Heisman Trophy WinnerRon Dayne 1999 Heisman Trophy Winner
The Great Dayne
When Ron Dayne finished his Badgers
career, he exited as college football's top
career rusher of all-time.
Ron Dayne's Heisman
Season in Review
Big, bruising and fast were three components
that helped Badger halfback
Ron Dayne explode
through the rushing books on his way to setting
the NCAA’s all-time rushing record.  Much like an
Old Clint Eastwood movie, Dayne made a
sudden impact his freshman year by eclipsing
Herschel Walker’s freshman mark by more than
200 yards en route to a 1,863 yard season.  

With nearly half of his yards accumulated after
contact, Dayne continued to punish his
opposition with 1,421 yards his sophomore
season and 1,279 his junior year.  Heading into
the 1999 campaign, the 5-10, 252-pound Dayne
was within 1,717 yards of breaking Ricky
Williams’ all-time career mark.  Much like
Williams who had set the new rushing standard
in 1998, Dayne surged past the record in his final
regular season game.  Dayne finished with 6,739
career yards.
Wisconsin Badgers
Gear
1999 Heisman Trophy Voting
Player
1st
2nd
3rd
Total
Ron Dayne-Wisconsin (RB)
586
121
42
2042
Joe Hamilton-Georgia Tech (QB)
96
285
136
994
Michael Vick-Virginia Tech (QB)
25
72
100
319
Drew Brees-Purdue (QB)
3
89
121
308
Ron Dayne in the NFL