Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Who Should Win The College Heisman Trophy?

The five finalists who will be invited to New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation will be announced on SportsCenter tonight at 6 ET, but here is a list of obvious choices now.

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who could become the first underclassman to win the award emblematic of college football's best player, is expected to be among the five finalists. So is Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, who was the runner-up to Heisman winner Troy Smith of Ohio State in 2006.

Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan has also been invited to the trophy presentation, said his coach, June Jones, according to the Honolulu Advertiser.

According to Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, junior quarterback Chase Daniel is a finalist for Saturday's announcement. The Kansas City Star reported that Pinkel revealed the news in a conference call with the Mizzou Tiger Club of St. Louis.

Other possible candidates include quarterbacks Pat White of West Virginia, Dennis Dixon of Oregon, Matt Ryan of Boston College and Sam Bradford of Oklahoma, and running back Kevin Smith of Central Florida, who leads the nation in rushing and needs 181 yards to break Barry Sanders' NCAA single-season rushing record.

The links to the players' stats are all there so you can check them out yourself, but let me point out the obvious favorite, Tim Tebow. He deserves this award in my opinion. Tebow became the first player in NCAA history (and that's a long history) to run for at least 20 touchdowns (29) and pass for at least 20 touchdowns (22) in the same season. He eclipsed the school's single-season record for total offense with 3,970 yards, and he broke the Southeastern Conference's single-season record for rushing touchdowns.

My runner up choice would be Colt Brennan because he led Hawaii to an undefeated regular season and a BCS bowl bid and holds the single-season and career NCAA records for most touchdown passes. AND I still believe going undefeated (despite the strength of schedule) earns you the right to play in the big BCS Bowl. What more can you do?

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