For Sam Bradford, the Heisman

By Jake Trotter Published: August 24, 2008
NORMAN — If come November, Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford remains in the hunt for the Heisman Trophy, that will mean two things.

Bradford will be breaking school passing records. And he'll have the Sooners in the thick of the national title race.

In all probability, however, Bradford winning the Heisman is a long shot.

Sophomores don't win the award given to college football's best player, unless that player puts up mind-boggling statistics, which is what Florida quarterback Tim Tebow did last season.

Tebow accounted for 51 touchdowns, 29 passing and 22 rushing, the most in SEC single-season history.

That output, coupled with a weak field, allowed Tebow to become the first sophomore to win the Heisman.

The competition will be much stronger this year.

Three of the top vote getters in 2007 return: Tebow, Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel and West Virginia quarterback Pat White.

Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree could put up record-breaking statistics in the Red Raiders' explosive offense.

And running backs Beanie Wells of Ohio State and Knowshon Moreno of Georgia figure to be the top producers on the nation's top-two teams in the preseason rankings.

That's why for Bradford to become the second sophomore and fifth Sooner to win the Heisman, he'll have to put up record numbers and have OU in the national title game.

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Chattanooga at OU

•When: 6 p.m. Saturday

•Where: Owen Field, Norman

•TV: Pay-per-view

2008 OU schedule
Aug. 30 Chattanooga

Sept. 6 Cincinnati

Sept. 13 at Washington

Sept. 27 Texas Christian

Oct. 4 at Baylor

Oct. 11 Texas (Dallas)

Oct. 18 Kansas

Oct. 25 at Kansas State

Nov. 1 Nebraska

Nov. 8 at Texas A&M

Nov. 22 Texas Tech

Nov. 29 at Oklahoma State

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