Heisman Trophy notebook: Three candidates made for a tough ballot

BY JAKE TROTTER Modified: December 13, 2008 at 8:43 pm •  Published: December 13, 2008
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Tough ballot

Underscoring how worthy Bradford, Texas quarterback Colt McCoy and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow all were for the Heisman, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit said during the Heisman telecast that he “changed his vote four times this week.”


Herbstreit did not say who he ended up voting for.

Robinson recalls Bradford's Heisman moment

Against Oklahoma State, while battling torn ligaments in his left thumb and facing third-and-goal, Sam Bradford scrambled right and dashed for the goal line.

Three Cowboy defenders did the same.

Bradford leaped before smashing into the OSU defenders. The collision sent Bradford heels over head as he cart-wheeled several feet into the air before landing on his chest just short of the goal line.

“That scared me,” said Sooner All-American guard George “Duke” Robinson. “I was like, ‘Wow.'

“That was his best moment. But I told Sam, ‘Never do that again.' He smiled and said ‘I got it, George.'”

That play was featured during ESPN's highlight reel of Bradford during the Heisman Trophy presentation.

QB dominance

Call this the decade of the quarterback.

Bradford is the eighth quarterback to win the Heisman since 2000. Running back Reggie Bush, who won the Heisman in 2005, is the only non-quarterback to win the award this decade.

Four quarterbacks won the Heisman in the 1990s. Three won it in the 1980s. And only two quarterbacks were Heisman winners in the 1970s.

Get the vote out

This year, 904 of 926 ballots were submitted, a Heisman record.

Roughly two-thirds of those ballots had Bradford, McCoy and Tebow all ranked in the top three.

Finishing first

In addition to Bradford, McCoy and Tebow, at least six other players received first-place votes, according to the results released Saturday night by the Heisman Trophy Trust.

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