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November 27, 2007
by Robbie Gillies
After this week's performances there will be a lot of talk about who should win the Heisman trophy. There will be arguments for a handful of players that might seem compelling, but there's only one real choice to win the Heisman Trophy: Tim Tebow.
A Look At the Candidates:
Rushing - 304 carries for 1725 yards, 15 rushing TD
Receiving - 21 receptions for 264 yards, 1 TD
Passing - 6/11 for 123 yards, 4 TD
Arkansas Strength of Schedule - 60th
McFadden and the Razorbacks beat LSU, the number one team in the nation and McFadden was a big part of that. McFadden carried the ball 32 times for 206 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. He was also 3 for 6 for 34 yards and a passing touchdown. But, if you look inside the numbers, it wasn't just McFadden who ran all over the Tigers. Peyton Hills had 11 carries for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Felix Jones had 9 carries for 85 yards. McFadden averaged 6.4 yards per carry, whereas Hills and Jones both averaged more yards per carry (8.1 and 9.4 respectively). And this is not an isolated incident. Over the season McFadden has averaged 5.7 yards per carry whereas Jones has averaged 9.1 yards per carry.
McFadden has only accounted for 48% of his team's rushing offense. How can they give the Heisman to a running back that doesn't even account for half his team's rushing yards?
Passing - 295/422 for 3732 yards, 33 TD & 14 INT
Rushing - 8 rushing TD
Strength of Schedule - 119th
One Game Left - Washington 12/01
Brennan and Hawaii are just one win away from a perfect season after handling perennial WAC powerhouse Boise State. Brennan had his best game of the season Friday, going 40 for 53 for 495 yards, 5 passing touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown. But it's Brennan's receivers and the type of offense the Rainbows run that cause for such gawdy numbers. Hawaii has the best receiving core in the nation. They have four wide receivers with over 50 receptions.
Davone Bess - 96 receptions for 1,164 yards and 12 TD's
Ryan Grice-Mullen - 90 receptions for 1,214 yards and 11 TD's
Jason Rivers - 68 receptions for 902 yards and 9 TD's
C.J. Hawthorne - 53 receptions for 761 yards and 6 TD's
This begs the question, is it the receivers or is it Colt Brennan? In the Boise State game, Brennan threw for 495 yards, but 257 of those yards were created by his wide receivers with yards after the catch. Hawaii runs a west coast offense with a lot of swing passes and short cross patterns over the middle and it puts the emphasis on the wide receivers to create. Further proof that it's the wide receivers is when Tyler Graunke had to fill in for Brennan against Nevada he went 33 for 46 for 358 yards and no interceptions. His completion percentage in that game was 72%, whereas Brennan averaged 70% throughout the season.
Passing - 129/187 for 1498 yards, 12 TD & 4 INT
Rushing - 163 carries for 1144 yards, 14 TD
Strength of Schedule - 29th
West Virginia destroyed the 2nd best team in the Big East, Connecticut, 66-21 and quarterback, Pat White has been the catalyst to the Mountaineers offensive output. White was only 9 for 13 for 107 yards and a touchdown through the air, but carried the ball 16 times for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns.
How can you give the Heisman to a quarterback who has yet to throw over 200 yards in a game. White's best passing total for the season was 192 yards in the first game of the season against Western Michigan.
Passing - 349/495 for 3951 yards, 33 TD & 9 INT
Rushing - 93 carries for 258 yards, 3 TD
Strength of Schedule - 13th
One Game Left - @Oklahoma 12/1
The most worthy candidate to compete with Tebow is Missouri's quarterback, Chase Daniel. Daniel has ushered Missouri into the number one spot in the latest BCS rankings after the Tigers beat Kansas 36-28. Daniel went 40 for 49 for 361 yards and 3 TD's. For the season, Daniel has accounted for almost 70% of the Tigers offense this season.
And then there's TIM TEBOW:
Passing - 217/317 for 3132 yards, 29 TD & 6 INT
Rushing - 194 carries for 838 yards, 22 TD
Strength of Schedule - 3rd
Against rival, Florida State, Tebow led the Gators to their biggest margin of victory over the Seminoles since 1983. Tebow went 19 for 28 for 262 yards and 3 passing touchdowns and rushed 13 times for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns, as the Gators beat the Seminoles 45-12.
Tebow has accounted for 35% of the Gators rushing yards and 72% of the team's total offense.
Here's a list of Tebow's accomplishments.
-Tied For most rushing touchdowns (22) in single season by QB (Chance Harridge of Air Force did it in 2002)
-13 straight games with at least 1 rushing and 1 passing touchdown
-SEC Record - Most touchdowns in a single season (51). The previous record was 41 (Danny Wuerffel)
-SEC Record - Most rushing touchdowns (22) in a single season (Garrison Hearst is second with 19)
But these records aren't the most amazing part of Tim Tebow's accomplishments. The most amazing part is who he's done it against. Florida's strength of schedule is third in the nation. Of the other three possible candidates, Chase Daniel's Missouri Tigers have the next closest strength of schedule at 19th.
The numbers speak for themselves. There's no debate. Tebow will be this year's Heisman trophy winner.