Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown was named the United Press International college football player of the year. Brown, a flanker and kick returner for the Fighting Irish, was selected by 40 UPI writers from across the nation.
Brown received 17 votes, four more than Syracuse quarterback Don McPherson. Michigan State tailback Lorenzo White was third with seven votes. Gordie Lockbaum, the two-way player at Holy Cross, received two votes, and Pittsburgh tailback Craig Heyward one.