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Jason White (born June 19, 1980) is a former quarterback for the University of Oklahomamarker football team from 1999 to 2004. White was raised in Tuttle, Oklahomamarker playing high-school football there with the Tuttle Tigers.

College career

2003

After suffering from consecutive anterior cruciate ligament tears and reconstructive knee surgeries on both knees during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, White won the Heisman Trophy in 2003 after throwing 40 touchdown passes and 8 interceptions. White was also the recipient of the Associated Press Player of the Year, consensus All-American, consensus Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, the Davey O'Brien Award and the Jim Thorpe Courage Award in his 2003 season. He was also the 2003 NCAA QB of the Year as awarded by the Touchdown Club of Columbus. He was awarded a medical hardship by the NCAA and allowed to play a second senior year in 2004.

2003 Heisman Trophy Finalist Voting
Finalist First place votes

(3 pts. each)
Second place votes

(2 pts. each)
Third place votes

(1 pt. each)
Total points
Jason White 319 204 116 1,481
Larry Fitzgerald 253 233 128 1,353
Eli Manning 95 132 161 710


2004

White was again a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 2004, trying to become just the second player after Archie Griffin to win the honor twice, but instead finished third. White did win the Davey O'Brien Award for the second straight year, becoming the third quarterback ever to win the prestigious award two years in a row. He led the Sooners to the Big 12 championship game in 2003, which they lost to Kansas Statemarker. With the help of the second place Heisman Trophy finisher Adrian Peterson, White took the Oklahoma Sooners to the national championship game once more, the Orange Bowl, in 2004, but lost soundly to USC, 55-19. White finished his collegiate career as the University of Oklahomamarker's all-time leader in career passing yards (8,012) and touchdown passes (81).White's on-the-field accomplishments have been further honored in Tuttle with the painting of a local water tower to read "Home of Jason White 2003 Heisman Trophy Winner". This tower is readily seen from the center of town, just west of State Highways 4 and 37. Additionally, a section of Cimarron Road in the city was renamed "Jason White Boulevard".

College statistics

Year Att Comp Pct Yds TD Int Rating
2001 113 73 64.6 681 5 3 124.5
2002 34 20 58.8 181 1 2 101.5
2003 451 278 61.6 3,846 40 10 158.1
2004 390 255 65.4 3,205 35 9 159.4


NFL career

Despite his strong college career, White was not selected in the 2005 NFL Draft and did not receive a tryout from any NFL team in the first several weeks of post-draft free agency. He did eventually receive a tryout from the Kansas City Chiefs, who opted not to sign him. Eventually the Tennessee Titans signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2005, but White decided to quit professional football, citing weak knees. White has expressed a possible interest in coaching sometime in the future.

Post football life

Today, White owns and operates A Store Divided, an OU/OSU memorabilia store, and a The Athlete's Foot shoe store. He also worked with insurance agent Steve Owens, another former Sooner Heisman Trophy winner and former athletic director at the University of Oklahomamarker. Prior to that, White worked briefly for a securities firm in downtown Oklahoma City. He is a co-founder and board member of St. Anthony Hospital's YourCARE Clinic community health centers.

In 2007, a bronze statue of White was dedicated on the University of Oklahoma campus in Heisman Park, commemorating his 2003 award.

References

  1. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2003/football/ncaa/12/13/white.heisman.ap/
  2. http://maryland.rivals.com/cviewplayer.asp?Player=2623



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