SI.com's Heisman guru Gene Menez released his final Heisman Watch of the season Monday, and in it, he cast his vote for Texas quarterback Colt McCoy. Menez also said, however, that he won't be the least bit surprised if this ends up being the closest vote in Heisman history, as McCoy, Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford and Florida QB and 2007 Heisman winner Tim Tebow all have impressive résumés and legitimate shots at taking home the trophy Saturday night.
Indeed, this three-way race is so tight, sports blog The Angry T suggested we abandon analysis, stats and reason and instead determine the Heisman winner by deciding which school has the best-looking cheerleaders.
Others, however, have mocked such shenanigans and pronounced quite confidently that Tebow deserves to repeat. (One guy even made his case through the medium of song.) But we at SIOC disagree.
Winning two Heisman trophies is an incredible feat. So incredible, in fact, that only one man has done it before. And while there's no doubt Tebow's an elite athlete and game-changing presence, he hasn't had the kind of season needed to put him in Archie Griffin's company.
Tebow finished with an impressive state line (he threw for 2,515 yards, 28 touchdowns and only two picks and ran for 564 yards and another 12 TDs), but his numbers are down from last year, when he threw for 3,286 yards and 32 TDs and ran for a whopping 895 yards and 23 TDs. Granted, after becoming the first sophomore ever to win the Heisman, Tebow entered the season with a massive bull's-eye on his back, but he still had a down year and a particularly slow start. Tebow wasn't even a mainstay on Menez's Heisman rankings until Nov. 3, when he re-entered at No. 10. Last year, Tebow himself said year-long consistency is the most important quality in a Heisman winner, and this season, he didn't manage that.
Would it be an outrage if Tebow won? Certainly not. He's arguably the most dynamic and important player of his generation. But Bradford or McCoy still deserves it more this year. Bradford's passing stats are out of this world, while McCoy put up impressive passing stats and Tebow-esque rushing stats. They both led their teams to one-loss records and played consistently well all year. And they both played in the nation's best conference.
Plus, we, like many of you, are about to OD on the Gators and their do-no-wrong QB. It's time for some fresh blood.
But as always, the power rests with the people. What do you think? Does Tebow deserve to repeat?