6. Charles Woodson, CB, Michigan (1995-97)
Charles Woodson became Michigan’s third player to win the Heisman Trophy in 1997. All he had to do was beat out Tennessee’s star quarterback. You might have heard of him, his name is Peyton Manning. Apparently this Manning guy was kind of a big deal. Anyway, Woodson remains the only true defensive player to win the award, but he also returned punts and played some receiver during the Wolverines’ 12-0 season, which resulted in a share of the national championship. He had a knack for making big plays, and that also helped him gain favor in the Heisman voting his junior year.
Few players in college football history have been able to impact all three facets of the game (offense, defense, and special teams) Woodson was a total game-changer at all three of them.