Saturday, November 21, 2009

Tebow Heisman Watch: Did FIU Help?

"Tim Tebow is slowly crawling back into the Heisman race."

That was the assessment of the Palm Beach Post's Ben Volin in his always-must-read postgame notes. I'm not sure he was out of it -- he has remained in the Top 5 all season long, with the presumption that if Florida beats Alabama in two weeks (presumably beating FSU next week), he is a Top 3 lock.

Here was the case for Tebow that Volin made:
His Gators are 11-0, and his three touchdowns Saturday gave him 25 this year, against eight turnovers. He had 317 combined yards of offense and scored three total touchdowns, striking just the right chord with Heisman voters – his numbers looked great, and he didn’t go crazy with the stat padding. His 55-yard touchdown run in the first quarter not only was the longest of his career, but also was the 54th of his career, nudging him past former LSU running back Kevin Faulk for the most in SEC history. Tebow won’t be able to replicate his numbers from the past two seasons, but as long as he keeps winning, he will contend for the Heisman Trophy.
More Tebow Heisman tracking early next week, when the new straw polls come out.

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