Anyone want the Heisman? Anyone?
The race for the Heisman Trophy is wide open again, and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is back on the lead lap.
The award appeared to be Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon’s to lose. But with the senior star’s knee injury in Thursday night’s nationally televised loss to Arizona, the focus has shifted.
In this week’s Scripps Poll, based on weekly votes before Thursday of 10 college football writers and compiled by the Rocky Mountain News for the past 21 years, Dixon had 45 total points, followed by Tebow with 43. Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel had 20 points. The final poll, taken in December, has correctly predicted the Heisman winner 17 of the previous 20 seasons.
In ESPN.com’s weekly poll of voters, Dixon led 74-57 over Tebow, with Arkansas running back Darren McFadden and Daniel tied for third.
With Dixon’s injury, Tebow appears to move back into the top spot, but the way this season has gone, nothing is set in stone.
Although some have suggested Tebow can’t win because of the Gators’ three losses, history proves that’s not true: Of the 72 Heisman Trophy winners, nearly 20 percent have come from teams with three or more losses. However, no sophomore has ever won the award.
Here is Tebow’s Heisman resume :
• 19 rushing touchdowns, more than any of the following ever did in college: Emmitt Smith, Herschel Walker, Shaun Alexander, Bo Jackson, Reggie Bush, Adrian Peterson, Ron Dayne and Archie Griffin.
• 42 touchdowns accounted for, an SEC record and more than 85 Division I-A teams, including 11 in the current AP Top 25. Only two quarterbacks who won the Heisman have ever accounted for more: Andre Ware (1989, 49), Ty Detmer (1990, 45).
• More rushing touchdowns than Arkansas’ Darren McFadden (Tebow 19, McFadden 12).
• Fewer than half the interceptions of Boston College’s Matt Ryan has (Tebow 5, Ryan 13).
Antonya English, Times staff writer