Tebow is first 3-time finalist for top honor

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NEW YORK --- Tim Tebow added another Heisman first to his long list of accomplishments just by being selected a finalist for this year's trophy.

Tebow became the first player to be invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation ceremony three times when the Florida quarterback -- along with Colt McCoy, Mark Ingram, Toby Gerhart and Ndamukong Suh -- was named a finalist Monday for college football's most prestigious player of the year award.

"Having the chance to go back to New York means a lot to me," Tebow said in statement. "It is a special honor, but it wouldn't be possible for me to have this opportunity without my teammates and coaches."

The Heisman will be awarded Saturday in Manhattan. The ceremony has been televised since 1981, and since 1982 at least three players have been invited to attend.

The last time as many as five players were invited to New York was 2004, when Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart won the award.

Tebow, who was the first sophomore to win the Heisman in 2007, is trying to become the second two-time winner, joining Ohio State's Archie Griffin. Tebow finished third in the voting last year, while getting the most first-place votes.

He's the first player to finish in the top five of the Heisman balloting three times since Georgia tailback Herschel Walker did it in the early 1980s.

Tebow and McCoy entered this season as heavy Heisman favorites. McCoy was the runner-up last season to Oklahoma's Sam Bradford and has led No. 2 Texas to the BCS national championship game this season.

Ingram has rushed for 1,542 yards and scored 15 touchdowns for No. 1 Alabama.

Stanford's Gerhart has run for more yards (1,736) and scored more touchdowns (26) than any player in the nation.

Nebraska's Suh had 4 1/2 sacks in an attention-grabbing performance against Texas in the Big 12 title game. He is the first defensive player to be a finalist since 1997, when Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson became the first full-time defensive player to win the Heisman.

Suh picked up his first award of the season Monday night, winning the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation's top defensive player.

Suh beat out TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes, Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody, Iowa linebacker Pat Angerer and Tennessee safety Eric Berry for the Nagurski, awarded by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

SPILLER LEFT OUT

Clemson running back C.J. Spiller had been mentioned in Heisman conversations throughout the season but was not chosen as a finalist. The senior racked up 2,508 all-purpose yards, includ-ing 1,145 on the ground, and scored 20 touch-downs.

NDAMUKONG SUH

School: Nebraska


POSITION: Defensive tackle


HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-4/300


YEAR: Senior


BIG GAME: 12 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks vs. Texas in Big 12 title game Dec. 4


CASE FOR: Dominant force who's recorded 82 tackles and 12 sacks this year


CASE AGAINST: Only one person who has played primarily defense, cornerback Charles Woodson, has won the Heisman

TIM TEBOW

School: Florida


POSITION: Quarterback


HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-3/245


YEAR: Senior


BIG GAME: Posted 5 TDs and 311 total yards against Florida State on Nov. 28


CASE FOR: Has 31 total TDs and almost 3,300 yards of total offense


CASE AGAINST: Numbers pale in comparison to his statistics in 2007, when he won the Heisman

COLT MCCOY

School: Texas


POSITION: Quarterback


HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-2/210


YEAR: Senior


BIG GAME: Threw for 396 yards and 4 TDs against Kansas on Nov. 21


CASE FOR: Passed for 3,512 yards and 27 TDs for undefeated Longhorns


CASE AGAINST: Numbers are down from last season, and he threw three picks in Big 12 title game against Nebraska

MARK INGRAM

School: Alabama


POSITION: Running back


HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-10/212


YEAR: Sophomore


BIG GAME: Rushed for 246 yards and a touchdown against South Carolina on Oct. 17


CASE FOR: Has eight 100-yard rushing games, 1,542 rushing yards and 15 TDs for unbeaten Crimson Tide


CASE AGAINST: Rushed for 80 yards combined against Arkansas and Auburn

TOBY GERHART

School: Stanford


POSITION: Running back


HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-1/235


YEAR: Senior


BIG GAME: Rushed for 178 yards and 3 TDs against Southern California on Nov. 14


CASE FOR: Rushed for 1,736 yards and 26 TDs


CASE AGAINST: Failed to crack the 100-yard rushing mark in two of Stanford's four losses

Sources: espn.com, heisman.com

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wildman
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wildman 12/08/09 - 04:08 am
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Tebow is a great person and

Tebow is a great person and football player but I'm over the love affair with him. Give us a break.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 12/08/09 - 04:36 am
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Tebow is ONLY in the Heisman

Tebow is ONLY in the Heisman contention this year because the media insists he be there.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/08/09 - 04:50 am
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Tebow is one of the best

Tebow is one of the best college quarterbacks ever to play. Florida will have to change their entire offense when he leaves. Because politics plays such a big part of the selection, there's no telling who'll win. The five chosen are all good candidates.

reesiecup
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reesiecup 12/08/09 - 06:53 am
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Mark Ingram all the way !

Mark Ingram all the way !

Dora.Ito
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Dora.Ito 12/08/09 - 06:58 am
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reesie, after last Saturday,

reesie, after last Saturday, this Gator would have no problem with it if he is selected. Congrats to ALL the finalists, all are deserving.

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mar_1081 12/08/09 - 07:17 am
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How can Colt be considered

How can Colt be considered after his subpar performance to
Nebraska. I am an SEC fan all the way but Nebraska looked like they had one of the best defenses in the country!

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/08/09 - 07:21 am
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Nebraska's GREAT defense sure

Nebraska's GREAT defense sure made Colt's performance look sub-par, but the fact that he won against that daunting defense says something too.

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jshiver15 12/08/09 - 07:57 am
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Tebow definitely deserves to

Tebow definitely deserves to be a finalist but I don't think he's put up the stats to win it this year. Had he won against Alabama, I think a better case could be made. But he simply didn't put up the numbers. I'm going to have to go with Ingram on this one.

noturavgjo
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noturavgjo 12/08/09 - 08:40 am
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Colt McCoy!! He is my pick!

Colt McCoy!! He is my pick! Hook 'Em Horns!!!

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 12/08/09 - 01:40 pm
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I wonder if a write in vote

I wonder if a write in vote for C.J. Spiller would work.

Boogaloo
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Boogaloo 12/08/09 - 03:08 pm
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Where is Joe Cox on this

Where is Joe Cox on this list?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/08/09 - 07:37 pm
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Teebow cried and there's no

Teebow cried and there's no crying in football.

KSL
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KSL 12/08/09 - 08:50 pm
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Riverman1, I've seen a lot of

Riverman1, I've seen a lot of emotional football players. I mostly agree with you, but not on that when there is a huge game on the line. As my husband just remarked, and he played semi-pro, a lot of coaches want to know why the players are not crying in the locker room after the game. Did you play?

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smartie 12/08/09 - 10:58 pm
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this dawg is pulling for

this dawg is pulling for tebow. he's a class act. i'd take seventy-five with his heart every year.

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