Hello again, Sooner fans! If you’ve been following along in our countdown to kickoff, you know that we are now only 18 days away from the return of Oklahoma Sooners football. For today’s edition of our countdown series, we will reflect on 2003 Heisman Trophy winning QB Jason White.
Born and raised in the small town of Tuttle, Oklahoma, Jason White grew up rooting for the Oklahoma Sooners, with dreams of one day being a signal caller for the crimson and cream. However, White was committed the Miami Hurricanes before Bob Stoops took over. Once Bob arrived in Norman, he knew he had to change White’s mind.
That dream became a reality in 1999, White’s first season as a Sooner. He saw limited action in mop-up time during his freshman season, and redshirted the next year.
In 2001 and 2002, White competed with former OU quarterback Nate Hybl for the starting position, only to be sidelined with consecutive ACL tears each season. These knee injuries prevented White from finishing either campaign, and all but doomed the future of his collegiate career.
Then in triumphant fashion, Jason White came roaring back to the field for the 2003 season. He commanded national attention for his cannon of an arm and deep-ball accuracy. Overall, White recorded 40 touchdown passes, 3,846 passing yards, and completed 61.6% of his pass attempts.
Jason White had the award-worthy statistics, so then it became about recording the hardware too. White was invited to New York as a Heisman finalist, and on the night of December 13th, 2003, White put Tuttle, Oklahoma on the map.
Jason White was granted a 6th year of eligibility via a medical hardship, and concluded the 2004 season as a Heisman finalist once again, only to finish behind winner Matt Leinart and White’s teammate, former OU running back Adrian Peterson. White has since had a statue created in his likeness, forever immortalizing him as a Heisman winner at OU.
Also of special note, on August 14th, 2017, White was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. Of course, he was introduced at the ceremony by none other than Bob Stoops.
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