Les Horvath was the 1944 Heisman Trophy winner, who played quarterback and halfback for the Ohio State University.
Horvath played for the Buckeyes in 1940, 1941, 1942 and 1944. He had already graduated with a bachelor's degree after the 1942 season, and moved on to graduate school. While studying dentistry in graduate school, head coach Carroll Widdoes asked Horvath to come back to the team for the 1944 season because of the manpower shortage caused by World War II. The college football rules at the time permitted the fourth year of eligibility beyond graduation because of wartime.
Les hit his peak in his senior year in 1944, gaining 924 yards on 163 carries for 5.7 yards per carry. He scored 12 touchdowns in 1944, and completed 14 of 32 passes for 344 yards. 6 of the 14 pass completions were for touchdowns. He set a new Big Ten Rushing Record and played in all of his team's nine games. One of the more versatile backs seen on any football team, he kicked, passed, blocked, tackled and carried OSU through a perfect season, all of which won him the title of the "Playing Coach." Horvath was no slouch in the classroom either, graduating in June 1945 with a degree in dentistry.
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