College Football Heisman Watch: Quarterbacks
Total Pro Sports – To say that this season has been exciting to watch is a huge understatement, we have witnessed a number of huge upsets and with big games on the verge we can be sure to witness a few more.
The Heisman trophy is awarded each year to the most outstanding player in college football, in order to be considered and outstanding performer, the player must be able to make the big plays in the big games and lead his team to victories. This season we have watched a few guys do this on a consistent basis, this year may arguably feature the most diverse athletes ever.
The Heisman nominees play their respective positions at a higher level than their competitors. We will give you the top 3 player nominees at all the major offensive positions that have contributed to their teams success.
Let us take a look at our end of season Heisman watch for Quarterbacks, check back tomorrow for our Runningbacks.
Top Heisman Quarterbacks Candidates:
1. Tim Tebow (Florida Gators) – Can anyone deny this guy a nomination? Better known in Gainesville as “Superman”, Tebow is having another outstanding season. His numbers may not dazzle you at first glance, but take a closer look at what he has accomplished this year. Tebow has thrown 17 touchdown passes to only 2 interceptions while also contributing 10 touchdowns with his legs. He has a 65% passing completion percentage, which ranks him first in the SEC amongst quarterbacks with a minimum of 45 passes. However, it’s the intangibles that Tebow brings to the Gators that cannot be measured by numbers. His ability to run the spread offense, the knowledge of when to run for a first down and the knack for making great decisions. The Gators have an 8-1 record, their lone loss was a one point defeat and have won every other game by at least 23 points, pure dominance.
2. Graham Harrell (Texas Tech Red Raiders) – As is the theme in Lubbock, the Red Raiders score a lot of points and rely on their offense to win a lot of games. This year they are led by senior quarterback Graham Harrell, who has carried them to an unbeaten season thus far, including wins against Texas, Oklahoma State and Kansas. Harrell leads the nation in passing yards at 4077, second in passing touchdowns at 36, third in completion percentage at 71.7 amongst quarterbacks with a minimum of 40 pass attempts. If Graham can lead this team to a National Championship berth he would be hard-pressed not win the Heisman.
3. Sam Bradford (Oklahoma Sooners) – Oklahoma has been unstoppable on offense all season long, just ask the teams they have played. The Sooners are second in the nation in passing offense, the player that leads the way is Sam Bradford, the Sooners pivot is having a standout season. The Sooners are second in the country in scoring averaging 51.4 points and have yet to be held under 35 points in any game this season, including posting 50 points in 6 of their 10 games. Bradford leads all quarterbacks in passing touchdowns with 38, third in passing yards per attempt at 10.3, and second in passing yards at 3406. Oklahoma has been one of the most exciting teams to watch this year and with Sam returning for his Junior season the Sooners will continue to light up the scoreboard for years to come.
Honorable Mentions: Colt McCoy (Texas), Chase Daniel (Missouri), Max Hall (BYU)