Tim Tebow became the third Gator to receive the honor, joining Danny Wuerffel (1996 and 1997) and Ryan Lochte (2005). Tennessee's Candace Parker was named the Female Athlete of the Year.
"The SEC is very proud to honor Tim and Candace, as they are
outstanding examples of what a student-athlete can accomplish, both on
and off the field of competition," said Commissioner Slive. "Their
hard work and dedication to excellence have made them fine
representatives of their universities and this conference. We
congratulate them and wish them the best in their future endeavors."
In 2007, Tebow enjoyed a record-breaking year in which he became the
first sophomore ever to win the Heisman Trophy, Davey O'Brien Award, the
Maxwell Trophy and the Sullivan Award. He also became the first player
in college football history to pass and rush for 20-or-more touchdowns
in a season. He set the SEC mark for rushing touchdowns with 23, which
was also the highest total by any quarterback in NCAA history. The
Jacksonville native also set a new standard in single-season touchdown
accountability in the SEC, totaling 55 (32 passing, 23 rushing).
Tebow was a standout in the classroom as well, earning a spot on the
ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-American first-team squad. He became
just the fourth sophomore student-athlete in UF history to receive such
a distinction. Tebow finished his first full season as a starter by
leading the SEC in passing efficiency (172.46), total offense (321.6)
and total scoring, averaging 10.6 points per game.
The other male nominees were: Michael Thompson, Alabama (golf); Darren McFadden, Arkansas (football); Cesar Cielo, Auburn (swimming); Gordon Beckham, Georgia (baseball); Rashaud Scott, Kentucky (track & field);
Glenn Dorsey, LSU (football); Erling Tveit, Ole Miss (tennis); Jamil
Hubbard, Mississippi State (track & field); Jason Richardson, South Carolina (track & field); Chris Lofton, Tennessee (basketball); Shan Foster, Vanderbilt (basketball).
Courtesy UF Sports Information
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