Thursday, July 30, 2009

3:30 Read: Don't Hand Tebow Heisman Yet

Dave Sittler of the Tulsa World is a little leery of the rush to coronate Tim Tebow as the 2009 Heisman winner.

I appreciate Sittler may have a bit of a Big 12 bias -- then again, I appreciate that Tebow earned more 1st-place votes than any Heisman contender last season, including winner Sam Bradford.

(People talk about "Tebow backlash" during this upcoming season; I would argue that Heisman voters across the middle of the country created their own backlash... last December.)

I suspect that -- barring injury or a loss (either of which could happen) -- Tebow will win the Heisman, ahead of Colt McCoy (who will finish 2nd) and Sam Bradford (who will finish 3rd).

It would help if the Heisman voting took place AFTER the bowl season -- that should matter. If that had happened last year, Tebow probably would have overtaken Bradford.

Anyway, Sittler's point is well-taken: You would hope Heisman voters enter the season with an open mind, ready to evaluate ANY player on the strength of his merits -- in 2009.

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