Tebow Performance Heisman Worthy

For most of the season Tim Tebow has been an afterthought in Heisman Trophy discussion. His numbers don't come close to the ridiculous stats being put on the board by the top quarterbacks in the Big 12. Sam Bradford of Oklahoma, Colt McCoy from Texas and Texas Tech's Graham Harrell all whip Tebow's butt when it comes to raw numbers; and after all it's all about the stats, right?

Well, it should be about a whole lot more and as the season goes on and on, Heisman electors certainly must take notice. Tim Tebow is putting up great numbers, and he's leading the nation's most dynamic and explosive offensive team. Saturday in Tallahassee provided further evidence that Tebow should have a spot on every ballot.

Tebow led the Gators into Tallahassee with a lot on the line and a number of reasons for the Gators to be derailed. FSU is a good team and was coming off its best performance in years in a 37-3 drubbing of Maryland. The Seminoles boasted a pretty salty defense led by defensive end Everette Brown who has 12.5 of the ‘Noles' 35 QB sacks. Add to that Tallahassee received torrential rains which can make life miserable for a quarterback. Yeah, everything was going against the current holder of the Heisman, and he was superb.

Tebow led the Gators on a 65-yard scoring drive on the opening possession that featured the Gator QB taking off on runs of 17 and 15 yards. With the score 7-3 in Florida's favor Tebow and the Gator offense took over on their own 16 yard line. Seven plays later Tebow hit Aaron Hernandez for a TD and the Gators were off and running. He would add a rushing TD and another pass to Hernandez for a 28-9 halftime lead and the game was in essence over.

The Gators ended up with another 45 points and 500 yards despite playing much of the night without Percy Harvin. The reason they can do that over and over and over again is No. 15. He has the Gators one win from playing for a national title after apologizing to Gator Nation after the Ole Miss loss.

For the year Tebow has now passed for 2,299 yards which is not all that impressive. He has thrown 25 TD passes with just two interceptions. That's simply amazing. As a runner he's gained more than 500 yards and scored 12 times. During Florida's eight-game winning streak Tebow has led the Gators to almost 52 points a game. He has personally thrown 19 TD passes and run for another 10. And he's doing it week in and week out against nationally ranked defenses, not the "rank" defenses that pollute the Big 12.

Chances are the Heisman will go to McCoy or Bradford, but you won't hear Tebow complain about it. The only trophy he's interested is the one that'll be given out on January 8.

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