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BCS National Championship: Florida quarterback Tim Tebow might be worth a few more votes

BY DAVID WHITLEY - Orlando Sentinel Columnist Published: January 9, 2009
If Heisman voters got to re-vote, they might still give it to Oklahoma’s sophomore. But they’d also have a renewed appreciation for the intangibles that make Tebow, Tebow.

He rushed for 48 yards on the drive that gave Florida a 14-7 lead. I would call it the go-ahead drive, but every time Florida got ahead up to that point, the Sooners came back.

That was largely due to Bradford, who is as smooth as Tebow is rowdy. The popular angle going in was the Heisman showdown, but neither quarterback had a dominant statistical game.

Tebow bested Bradford because he got more help from his defense, and he had a guy named Percy Harvin to hand off to. But make no mistake, the BCS game was still The Tebow Show.

He got the Gators going with his running early in the second half. He finished the night with a passing exhibition. It was punctuated by a short touchdown pass to David Nelson. Naturally, it had a little Tebow flair, with a jump thrown in.

At that point, you wondered what Oklahoma’s Dominique Franks was thinking. He was the unfortunate cornerback who said Tebow wouldn’t be one of the top three quarterbacks in the Big 12.

That made him the designated goat after Thursday night, but you really can’t get on Franks too much. The Big 12 did have three great quarterbacks, and he was just standing up for his league.

But as the game ended, the chant that echoed around Dolphin Stadium was "SEC! SEC!" And the biggest reason was the guy leading the Gator Chomp.

It was better than even being named All-Big 12.

David Whitley can be reached at


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