One more thought on Tebow

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1. That youth will be served this Heisman season. During 12 hours of channel-flipping Saturday, I heard numerous talking heads proclaim that Tim Tebow "distanced himself" from the other Heisman contenders with his performance Saturday against Florida Atlantic. I'm not sure that's entirely accurate. Florida's sophomore quarterback "distanced himself" when his most viable competitor, Oregon's Dennis Dixon, was lost for the season Thursday night against Arizona. Tebow did nothing against the Owls he hadn't done all year (other than pass for a few more yards than usual), yet for some reason it took until this game for any remaining doubters to finally concede that hey, this kid is doing something special.

I similarly cringe whenever I hear someone say this year's Heisman field is "weak." I assume what they actually mean is, "A lot of the guys that we pegged in the preseason haven't panned out," because we're witnessing some of the most spectacular individual seasons in the history of the sport right now. They just happen to be coming from "non-traditional" Heisman candidates like Tebow, whose age seems less a factor with voters than the audacity of his playing for a three-loss team. Saturday, Tebow reached two pretty staggering statistical milestones: He became the first player in I-A history to both rush and throw for 20 touchdowns in a season, and he broke the SEC single-season record for rushing TDs (20). Think about all the great running backs that have come through that conference -- Herschel Walker, Bo Jackson, Shaun Alexander, et. al. None ever ran for as many scores as Florida's QB has this season (not to mention none also threw for nearly 3,000 yards and another 26 TDs while they were at it). But yeah, this is a "weak" field ...

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