The Doc 5: Best Heisman encore seasons — No. 1 Tim Tebow

Graham Watson



This offseason we will count down various topics from Monday through Friday, bringing you the top five of the important and definitely some not so important issues in college football. It’s the Doc Five, every week until we will thankfully have actual games to discuss.



Depending on who you ask, Florida’s Tim Tebow is considered one of the greatest — if not the greatest — quarterback to play the college game.

Regardless of where you fall on that assertion, there’s no doubt Tebow changed the college quarterbacking position and paved the way for a different type of quarterback — and a younger type of player — to be considered a Heisman winner.

Tebow was a dual-threat, but unlike typical dual-threat quarterbacks, Tebow had a bruising frame that struck fear in the hearts of defenders as he ran them down on the way to the end zone.

During Tebow’s Heisman-winning season in 2007, he completed 66.9 percent of his passes for 3,286 yards 32 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He averaged 9.4 yards per passing attempt. He also rushed the ball 210 times for 895 yards and 23 scores.

His 51 total touchdowns was the most in Florida history and an SEC single-season record.

He was, by far, the most dominant quarterback in the game. He became the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy, and was actually the first of three sophomores to win the award from 2007-2009. Since Tebow’s win, no senior has won the Heisman.

And many thought Tebow would be the most likely candidate to match Archie Griffin’s status as a two-time winner. But in 2008, he had stiff competition against more traditional quarterbacks in Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford and Texas’ Colt McCoy.

Tebow had another good season, but his numbers were down from his Heisman year. He completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 2,746 yards with 30 touchdowns and just four picks. And as he tried to become a more traditional quarterback that didn’t rely on the running game, his rushing numbers slipped to 673 yards and just 12 scores.

Tebow’s numbers couldn’t compete with Bradford, who threw 50 touchdowns passes and led Oklahoma to an NCAA single-season record with 716 points.

Even though Tebow finished third in the 2008 Heisman race — behind Bradford and McCoy respectively — he had the most first-place votes with 309, which was nine more than Bradford. Bradford had 151 more overall votes than Tebow and Tebow was just 29 total votes behind McCoy.

Oddly, Tebow would revert back to his running-self in 2009, finish with nearly 3,000 yards passing and more than 900 yards rushing and was fifth in the Heisman voting in a year that honored Alabama running back Mark Ingram.

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5 Responses to “The Doc 5: Best Heisman encore seasons — No. 1 Tim Tebow”

    • Sage says:

      Great to read someone who still sees Tim as a Hall of Fame quarterback.

    • tawk2 says:

      Thanks for posting Sage and thanks Buzzy for posting the above story as well.

      It amazes me how others say Tim cannot play quarterback in the NFL, I wonder how far many other quarterbacks would have gotten if never given a true chance to learn and develop one quarterback comes to mind Brady. Tim truly has been blackballed by the NFL and it becomes clearer and clearer each day. I hope he plays in the A11 and all of his fans including me follow him there!

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