Having gone through the experience and knowing that Sam is about to go through it, what would you tell him?
"I’m pretty sure Sam has similar goals to what I had. I’d tell him to put last year behind, as far as all the awards and the Heisman stuff. It’s a whole new year. You have new guys on the field. You have to start over. I’d tell him to keep his blinders on, don’t listen to people talking about the Heisman or repeating. Just focus on reaching your goals: to win a Big 12 championship and a national championship.”
Why has only one player been able to win the Heisman twice?
"I think one of the biggest things about winning the Heisman twice is that there are a lot of voters who think, ‘He’s already won one, let’s vote for someone else.’ A lot of voters think that way, instead of ‘Let’s erase what happened last year.’ I think that’s why it’s been so difficult. You’re not just judged by that year.”
What respect do you have for Archie Griffin, that he was able to win it twice?
"I have a lot of respect for Archie, as a player and a person. To be able to win it twice, I know how tough it is, what kind of scrutiny you’re under if you win the Heisman the year before. It’s just amazing he was able to do it. My hat is off to him to be able to overcome that.”
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