The top three college football team this year have something uniquely in common, their three quarterbacks are all finalist for the Heisman Trophy award this season.
This season’s finalists are lead by Tim Tebow, the Florida Gator Junior who is looking to become only the second player to win two Heisman’s in his college career, a feat only accomplished by Ohio State halfback Archie Griffin in the mid 70’s. Though some of his passing numbers were down from last year, mostly due to the fact that the Gator’s highly rated Defense gave Florida the luxury of running the ball more this year, Tebow still fashioned another terrific season. Leading the Gators to a 12-1 record and a BCS Championship Game appearance, Tebow threw for 2,515 yards and 28 touchdowns (to only 2 interceptions) this year. The Florida quarterback, who also ran for 564 yards on 154 carries and another 12 touchdowns, saved his best for last, a thrilling 31-20 victory against Alabama (ranked #1 at the time) in the SEC Championship Game. Tebow also led the Gators to major victories LSU (ranked 4th at the time) and Georgia (ranked 8th at the time) during the course of the season.
Yet as good as Tebow was this year Sam Bradford was a tiny bit better. The Oklahoma Sophomore who last year set an NCAA record for most touchdown passes thrown by a Freshman, had a fabulous season completing 69.4% of his passes for 4,464 yards and 48 touchdowns (to only 6 interceptions). Along the way Bradford led the Sooners to a 12-1 record, and a first place ranked on the USA Today’s Coaches Poll. In doing so Bradford led an Offense that finished the season with 5 straight victories in which they scored over 60 points. In the lone blemish on his record, a 35-45 loss to Texas, Bradford still managed to throw for 387 yards and 5 touchdowns.
If Bradford is the favorite and Tebow the sentimental choice, Texas’ quarterback Colt McCoy is the dark horse. McCoy who may be the best NFL prospect of the three, bounced back from a horrid Sophomore year in 2007, to lead the Longhorns to an 11-1 record and a victory over Oklahoma. What’s more, McCoy’s passing was almost flawless this year, completing 77.6% of his passes for 3,445 yards and 32 touchdowns (to only 7 interceptions), and contributing 576 yards and 10 more touchdowns to Texas’ running game. Though he is the long shot of the three, Texas fans shouldn’t worry, McCoy has recently announced he will be back in Texas next year.
However the race for the Heisman Trophy goes down this year, it has already been set up to be a memorial one for years to come. Having said that, the smart money should be on Sam Bradford.