The Stanford football team has another Heisman Trophy runnerup in its history. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Andrew Luck received 1,079 points to finish second behind Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, who had 2,263 points.
Luck, who led Stanford to its most successful season in school history, was named first on 78 ballots.
Toby Gerhart, Luck's former teammate, was also a runnerup last season to Alabama's Mark Ingram in the closest finish ever.
Gerhart, who set the Stanford single-season rushing record last year, is a rookie with the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL.
Newton, who was not even named on 105 of the nearly 900 ballots recorded, was a runaway winner. He entered the evening as the odds-on favorite after leading Auburn into the national championship game against Oregon.
Ducks' running star LaMichael James was also a finalist along with Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore. James was third in the voting and Moore took fourth.
Luck had the most second place (309) and third place votes (227) among the finalists.
Stanford's Owen Marecic, the only player among FBS schools to start on both sides of the ball, finished 10th in the balloting, with three first place votes, one second-place vote and five third-place votes.
Stanford grad John Elway placed second in the 1982 voting.
Luck and center Chase Beeler were named to the second team offense Walter Camp All-American squad on Thursday.
Beeler was a first team selection for the CBSSports.com All-American team while Luck was named to the secind team.
Top 10 vote getters 1st-2nd-3rd--Total
Cam Newton, Auburn 729-24-28--2,263
Andrew Luck, Stanford 78-309-227--1,079
LaMichael James, Oregon 22-313-224--916
Kellen Moore, Boise St. 40-165-185--635
Justin Blackmon, Okla.St. 1-23-56--105
Denard Robinson, Michigan 6-16-34--84
Ryan Malllett, Arkansas 0-11-19--41
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada 0-7-17--31
Andy Dalton, TCU 4-3-12--30
Owen Marecic, Stanford 3-1-5--16