Tebow the favorite? Naturally
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow seems to be the Heisman Trophy favorite in what shapes up to be the most-competitive race ever, with two Heisman winners among the contenders.
And it’s only natural that Tebow is the favorite over OU’s Sam Bradford. Tebow’s team won the ballgame. When Florida beat Oklahoma 24-14 in the national title game, both quarterbacks played well, but Tebow played better, and voters won’t forget that.
If the Heisman voting had occurred in mid-January instead of early December, Tebow almost surely would have won, so voters in summertime remember.
Bradford still could win. So could Texas’ Colt McCoy, and frankly, a lot of voters will want to vote for McCoy, figuring if someone has a Heisman, who needs two? That seems sound reasoning to me.
Darkhorses abound, of course. Keep an eye on Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Claussen, if the Irish’s easy schedule propels Notre Dame to a good year. Someone from Southern Cal always makes noise. Ole Miss’ Jevan Sneed, who lost the quarterback derby at Texas with McCoy three years ago, will have a chance. Illinois quarterback Juice Williams, hero of that upset of Ohio State in 2007, could be the Big Ten nominee, which carries a lot of voting power. Oregon State’s Jacquizz Rodgers and Oklahoma State’s Kendall Hunter have the potential for huge rushing numbers, which will be required for a tailback to make a run. Ohio State sophomore Terrelle Pryor has the hype to at least get a campaign off the ground.
Heck, the Oklahoma defense could propel a candidate to victory. If Brigham Young’s Max Hall (early) or OSU’s Zac Robinson (late) could engineer an upset of the Sooners, they would be in the thick of the discussion.
But for now, Tebow is the clear front-runner, and that’s only natural.
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