Tebow Tries to Make History, Again

NEW YORK --- Tim Tebow has won lots of awards in his three years in Gainesville. From a national championship trophy as a backup when he was a freshman to a Heisman Trophy as a sophomore to his second straight Maxwell Award as a junior. On Saturday night, Tebow looks to make history again as he tries to join only Archie Griffin to become the second player to win the Heisman Trophy twice.

This year's field is a lot tougher than last year's. Tim Tebow's numbers were astonishing in 2007, becoming the first quarterback in history to throw and rush for more than 20 touchdowns each. But the Heisman field in '07 wasn't as strong as this year's group. Tebow still threw for 2,515 yards with 28 touchdowns against an impressive two interceptions and a nation's second best 127.0 passer rating. But odds are against the Gator QB's chances at making history again.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Bradford from Oklahoma has his Sooners in the BCS title game facing Tebow and the Gators. Bradford's numbers this season look a lot like Tebow's from a year ago. The Oklahoma signal caller has thrown for 4,464 yards while completing 68.3 percent of his passes and leading the nation with 48 touchdowns. He also led the nation with a 131.7 passer rating. He was voted first team All-Big 12, but wasn't named the conference's offensive player of the year.

The Big 12's offensive player of the year honors went to Colt McCoy. The Texas quarterback will join Tebow and Bradford in New York on Saturday night, looking to add another honor to his list from the 2008 season. McCoy threw for 3,445 yards with 32 touchdown passes. But unlike Tebow and Bradford, McCoy fell short of leading the Longhorns to a shot at the national championship.

Only Bradford, Tebow and McCoy received invitations to this year's presentation. Most were surprised that Texas Tech's Graham Harrell didn't get the invite, despite Harrell leading the pass-happy Big 12 in passing yardage with 4,747 and 41 touchdowns. But he, like McCoy, fell one game short of a shot at the national title.

Tebow made history last year when he became the first sophomore to win college football's most coveted award. Several candidates, however, will likely earn votes from the Big 12 Conference, so there's still a chance he could capture the award. Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree was another consideration by Heisman voters, and we won't know until the final ballot is released what kind of impact Crabtree's and Harrell's votes have on the final outcome, if any.


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