Jason White became the trigger man for the country's most potent offensive attack. At a school where the points have flowed like an Oklahoma gusher, White led the OU team that outscored all of its predecessors (601 total points).
He did so with uncanny accuracy, especially on deep throws, and a touchdown to interception ratio (four to one), so gaudy that it read like a typographical error.
White set school records for touchdown passes in a season (40) and game (5, twice). His season passing total ranked No. 2 at OU. He was No. 4 nationally in touchdown percentage (8.87), No. 7 in passing efficiency (158.11), No. 18 in interception percentage (2.22) and No. 22 in total offense (264.0).
The outpouring of recognition was impressive. White captured player of the year honors from the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News and CNNSI.com. He also won the Davey O'Brien Award and the Jim Thorpe Courage Award.
White returned for another season after his Heisman campaign and finished third in the voting. It was an unprecedented finish by one school when his teammate Adrian Peterson finished second.
*injured and granted additional year of eligibility
2003 HEISMAN TROPHY VOTING TOTALS
|1. Jason White, Sr., QB, Oklahoma||1,481 Points (319 1st, 204 2nd, 116 3rd place votes)|
|2. Larry Fitzgerald, Sr., WR, Pittsburgh||1,353|
|3. Eli Manning, Sr., QB, Mississippi||710|
|4. Chris Perry, Sr., RB, Michigan||341|
|5. Darren Sproles, Sr., RB, Kansas State||134|
|6. Matt Leinart, So., QB, Southern Cal||127|
|7. Philip Rivers, Sr., QB, North Carolina State||118|
|8. Mike Williams, So., WR, Southern Cal||78|
|9. Ben Rothlisberger, Jr., QB, Miami (Ohio)||47|
|10. B.J. Symons, Jr., QB, Texas Tech||38|