Monday, December 7, 2009

Tebow Heisman Watch: Still a Finalist?

Will Tim Tebow be a Heisman Trophy finalist?

In the initial confirmed vote totals from (79 total votes, roughly 8 percent of all votes), Tebow is in 5th place, with 13 percent of the vote.

Clearly, coming off of Saturday's result, Tebow is not going to win the award (anyone else surprised that 13 percent of voters still give him their 1st-place vote?).

I think it remains a foregone conclusion that the Heisman Trust would invite up to 5 finalists to come to the ceremony, if it meant they could include the biggest name in college football: Tebow.

It's a little awkward: A year ago, with three finalists, the 5th-place finisher would not be considered a "finalist," if you define that as "invited to New York for the ceremony."

However, under that definition, Tim Tebow is still projected become the first third three-time finalist in the award's history, the first since Herschel Walker.

At the top of the standings, there is a fascinating development:

Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh is in 1st place, in a virtual tie with Stanford RB Toby Gerhart. Suh seems to have elevated himself in the same moment he seriously hurt Colt McCoy's chances.

Mark Ingram is in 3rd, mere percentage points behind Suh and Gerhart. McCoy is a distant 4th and Tebow an even more distant 5th.

No word yet on whom Tim Tebow himself voted for. I presume someone will be asking as soon as they can.

It will be interesting to see if Tebow goes with a fellow QB (McCoy), SEC solidarity (Ingram), the field's most Tebow-like player (Gerhart) or the novelty of voting for a defensive player(Suh).

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