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December 13, 2008 at 12:01 PM

Heisman announced today — Here’s one vote for Tebow

The big college football news today is the announcement of the Heisman Trophy winner for this season.
It’s a three-man race, some many are speculating could be as close as any in history (though HeismanPundit.com is speculating it will be Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford.)
As someone who has had a vote for about 14 years now, I won’t have an issue with any of the three finalists — Florida’s Tim Tebow, Texas’ Colt McCoy and Bradford — getting the nod.
I went back and forth on who to vote for before siding with Tebow. I admittedly went into it thinking I might not want to vote for Tebow for a second straight year, then realized that’s: A, stupid; and B, an argument in Tebow’s favor is that he had such a great season despite having already won the award and obviously having a huge target on his back all season.
I also think the SEC is better than the Big 12 and that the overall schedule Tebow played was stronger, and I thought he had more “Heisman moments” than the other two, particularly with a spectacular closing stretch after the one loss to Ole Miss when he vowed he would try to carry the team the rest of the season — he threw for 22 TDs against just two interceptions in Florida’s last nine games.
I had McCoy and Bradford two-three on my vote, preferring McCoy for his running ability.
But there are admittedly very fine lines between the candidates this year. Any of the three will be a good choice, and that a good case can be made for each finally puts some mystery into the announcement after a lot of years when it seemed not only a foregone conclusion, but kind of underwhelming, as well.
One complaint sure to arise is that all three are quarterbacks and shouldn’t other positions be represented. There ought to be, probably.
But this seemed like a year when the value of quarterbacks was never greater — we saw that here with how UW’s hopes of even being competitive pretty much vanished once Jake Locker got hurt.
So a QB it will be, and a worthy winner, as well.
By the way, ESPN has a good breakdown of the race here. And here’s a list of every Heisman winner.

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