Doc Blanchard

Felix Anthony "Doc" Blanchard became the first ever junior to win the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and was the first ever football player to win the James E. Sullivan Award, all in 1945. He played football for the United States Military Academy at West Point. Because his father was a doctor, Felix Blanchard was nicknamed "Little Doc" as a boy.

An all-around athlete, Blanchard served as the placekicker and punter in addition to his primary roles as an offensive fullback and a linebacker on defense. In the first capacity, he teamed with soon to be fellow Heisman winner Glenn Davis to form one of the most lethal rushing combinations in football history. Blanchard, in his three seasons at West Point, scored 38 touchdowns, gained 1,908 yards and earned the nickname "Mr. Inside." Teammate Davis earned the nickname "Mr. Outside" and in November 1945, they both shared the cover of Time magazine.
An All-American for three years, the 6-foot, 205 pound "Mr. Inside" ran the 100 yards in ten flat. In his very first game against North Carolina, he averaged 58 yards on kickoffs, punted once for 40 yards, and carried the ball four times for a 4.5 yard average, although he only played 17 minutes.

In 1945, he became the first college junior to ever win the Heisman Trophy and the first ever football player to win the James E. Sullivan Award. In 1984 at the awards ceremony marking the 50th Heisman Trophy presentation, Blanchard took the occasion to recall, in comparison to the big glitzy shows for the ceremony today, how he learned of his Heisman selection in 1945. He said, "I got a telegram. It said, 'Youíve been selected to win the Heisman Trophy. Please wire collect.'"
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In 1946, Blanchard missed the first two games of the season due to an injury to his knee. In June 1946 his class was divided into two classes (1947 and 1948) to transition back to a peacetime four-year curriculum from the wartime three-year curriculum instituted in October 1942. Both Blanchard and Davis were placed in the final three-year group, the Class of 1947 (Davis had entered West Point in July 1943 but was turned back a year in 1944 for a deficiency in mathematics).


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