History has been made; here we go again!

For the first time in the history of the Heisman Trophy, the top three finishers in a single year’s voting will all return for another season.

Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow have all made it official.  They are coming back for another go at it.

Should be another amazing Heisman race in ’09.  But who’s the favorite?  I’ll have my first preseason Heisman list as soon as all the early entries into the NFL draft are announced.

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12 Responses to History has been made; here we go again!

  1. Leland January 14, 2009 at 9:06 pm #

    I get the feeling ’09 will be just like ’05 in many ways. A Texas QB losing out on the Heisman to a player on the opposite team in the NC game, and then winning the crystal football.

  2. Roby January 14, 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    You have to think that if the big 3 all reproduce their stats from last season, Tebow would be the frontrunner (among the 3). Bradford would have been hard-pressed to replicate this year’s numbers even had his recievers come back, so his numbers are almost guaranteed to come back to earth since he is losing his weapons. Comaring Tebow to his Heisman stats of ’07 hurt him in ’08. The same thing will happen to Bradford. Since Bradford isn’t a dual threat, nor does he have other attention-getting intangibles on his side (saving third world countries, or a name like “Colt”), you can basically count him out. It will likely be the same 3 horse race again, with possibly a running back sneak into the mix (Jacquizz Rogers/Jahvid Best). Terrelle Pryor will enter the conversation with some big-time performances. As overrated as they are every year, OSU will be UNDERRATED this year because this guy will make them better.

    Opening day Heisman watch:

    1. Tim Tebow (2,900yds 32pTD, 12rTD)
    2. Colt McCoy (3,600yds 30 ptd 9rTD)
    3. Sam Bradford (3,800yds 36pTD )
    4. Jacquizz Rogers (1,700yds 16rTD)
    5. Terrelle Pryor (2,800yds 24 pTD, 7 rTD)
    6. Jahvid Best (1,600yds 14rTD)

  3. Hornsgotscrewed January 15, 2009 at 12:04 am #

    How is Tebow the favorite based upon his numbers, is something if one looks rationally is ludicrous. McCoy out “Tebowed” Tebow. Colt threw for more yards as well as rushed for more yards on fewer carries behind a very suspect offensive line. Tebow also did not throw for more touchdowns than McCoy whose numbers are better in every facet except for rushing touchdowns. Colt also could be argued is an even more integral part of his team than Timmy due to the lack of comparative talent surrounding the two. And if anyone is ever going to mention Tebow willing his team to win, realize that he has only led his team twice to a 4th quarter comeback, and neither of those were for last second victories. McCoy has 10 and if not for the most ridiculous play in Tech history it would have been 11. So before anyone ever makes an argument for Tebow use your head and not hour hard on to rationalize that McCoy is by far the better player.

  4. Ed Newman January 15, 2009 at 8:52 am #

    I think Tebow is the frontrunner but surely it will not be by much. Here’s why: McCoy and Bradford’s stats were a little devalued by the bowl results. Almost all the Big 12 offenses were shown to be much less explosive in the bowls, particularly McCoy’s and Bradford’s. So even if they duplicate their 2008 numbers there will be a “big 12 stats” backlash. The top of the SEC also was down a bit offensively in the bowls, but Tebow’s candidacy is not as reliant on stats as McCoy or Bradford. Tebow has become Paul Bunyun. If he is seen as the leader of the best team in the SEC (very very likely) and has a couple of signature games then he should be favored to win his second Heisman.

  5. David54 January 15, 2009 at 10:47 am #

    I can understand the arguments for McCoy and Bradford but I think that if this season proved anything it is that Big 12 defenses will lay down and allow anyone to put up spectacular numbers. Bradford, Harrell and McCaoy in one division, Daniel, Reesing and Ganz in the other. All of them put up over 3,500 yards in passing.

    So if anyone can put up those types of numbers, what makes any of them so special? Are we trying to say that the Big 12 has quarterbacks that are just that good compared to everyone else or are their defenses just that bad.

    I think Oklahoma’s defense played its game of the season in the NC game. But they could not stop Florida when it mattered, or Texas when it mattered. Texas couldn’t stop Texas Tech when it mattered. And Texas Tech couldn’t stop anyone.

    This post is a slight exageration, but not by much. When the Big 12 proves as a conference that it can play defense, I will start to give the offenses more credit.

  6. bucknut January 15, 2009 at 11:24 am #

    I couldn’t agree with you more David. The Big 12 is a great conference but it does speak alot about their defenses if you are putting up 400-500 yards passing in a game.

  7. Hornsgotscrewed January 15, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    Bucknut my only caveat to that statement is that McCoy threw for a career high 414 against your defense which is supposed to be far superior to any of those in the Big 12. So for that statement to be made then the Big 10’s defenses are even worse.

  8. Francoharris January 15, 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    Here is an interesting take surrounding a dark horse from the Pac-10.

  9. Dave January 15, 2009 at 3:03 pm #

    McCoy wins due to Heismanment No. 9.

  10. bucknut January 15, 2009 at 3:03 pm #

    I agree but it sure wasn’t a blowout like everyone thought. Mizzou almost got beat by Northwestern for god’s sake. All I’m saying is that it’s easier to put up numbers against a not so great defense. If you’ve read any of my other posts, you’ll see that I’ve said the big 10 has been down, I’m not denying that. But don’t say you’re offenses put up great stats against superb defenses.

  11. AUMan76sucks January 15, 2009 at 6:47 pm #

    If Jeremiah Masoli wins the Heisman, i will never watch college football again. He cannot throw the football.


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