I have been told that the Heisman Trophy was named after a former KU player. Is that true?
No. It is false. The Heisman Trophy is named after John Heisman, who played at Brown University and University of Pennsylvania and coached at Oberlin College, Buchtel College and Auburn University. In eight years as a college coach (1892-1899), Heisman lost five games. The Outland Trophy, awarded by the Football Writers Association of America to college football’s best interior lineman, is named after John Outland. Outland played one year at Kansas before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania. He also coached at Franklin & Marshall (1900), Kansas (1901) and Washburn (1904-05).