If you are a Heisman voter and you don't put Tim Tebow #1 on your ballot, you deserve to have your eyes taken out with a potato peeler.
I'm going to let the numbers do the talking:
- 68.5% completion percentage (2nd in the nation)
- 3132 passing yards
- 9.9 yards per passing attempt (leads the nation)
- 29 passing touchdowns (tied for 9th in the nation) vs. 6 interceptions
- 177.8 QB rating (2nd in the nation)
- 838 rushing yards
- 4.3 yards per carry
- 22 rushing touchdowns (SEC record, 3rd in the nation)
- 132 total scoring (tied for 4th in the nation)
McFadden has 1725 rushing yards, 4th in the country, but has seven fewer rushing touchdowns than Tebow does - and TEBOW IS A QUARTERBACK. And for all the talk about how McFadden plays QB, he only has 11 passing attempts this year (albeit four of them were touchdowns).
Brennan might be better competition. His team is undefeated and his numbers seem to be as ridiculous as Tebow's - he's 3rd in the nation in QB rating, 3rd in touchdown passes, and 4th in passing yards. But he also didn't play a Top 25-ranked team all season. I feel bad using that against him because many good teams refuse to play the Warriors, particularly if Hawaii wants them to travel to the islands.
Sadly, two very deserving players didn't even get invited to the Heisman ceremony because they are under the radar: the first is Central Florida's Kevin Smith, who besides sharing his name with a terrific filmmaker, has rushed for almost 2,500 yards this season and might break Barry Sanders' single season record. He also has 29 touchdowns and is averaging almost 6 yards a carry. But I guess that's what happens when you play in Conference USA.
The second is Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree, who leads the nation in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. Also, he's a freshman. I repeat - a freshman is leading the nation in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. If he played for Notre Dame, Mel Kiper would be hyping him as an NFL prospect so much his hair might get messed up.
But, ultimately, Tim Tebow should win the Heisman for reasons beyond statistics.
Uhh... wow. Just wow.