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Tebow named Manning Award finalist



Quarterback Tim Tebow is among 10 finalists for the 2008 Manning Award, presented to the nation's top college quarterback.

Also on Thursday, Tebow was selected to the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Football Team.

A first-team recipient, Tebow is the first Gator football player to garner an Academic All-American honor since Terry Jackson was chosen to the second team in 1998. Tebow became the first Florida player named to the first team since Danny Wuerffel in 1996.

A Family, Youth and Community Sciences major, Tebow has earned a 3.76 GPA.

The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. The winner will be announced following the holiday bowl season. It is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates'
bowl performance.

Tebow recently eclipsed the school record for total offense in a season with 3,970 yards, previously held by Rex Grossman (3,904 yards in 2001) in his performance against Florida State.

Other finalists are: Erik Ainge (Tennessee), Sam Bradford (Oklahoma), Colt Brennan (Hawaii), Chase Daniel (Missouri), Dennis Dixon (Oregon), Graham Harrell (Texas Tech), Matt Ryan (Boston College) Patrick White (West Virginia) and Andre' Woodson (Kentucky).

USC's Matt Leinart was the inaugural winner of the award in 2005, followed by Texas' Vince Young in 2006. Last season, LSU's JaMarcus Russell earned the award.  All three players went on to become first-round draft picks in the NFL.

Tebow became the only player in college football history to achieve 20-20 marks for rushing and passing touchdowns in a single season with 22 and 29 scores, respectively. He is also the all-time SEC single-season rushing touchdown leader (22) and set career highs in completions (25) and yards (338) against FAU.

Tebow leads the SEC in total offense, completion percentage, touchdowns and passing efficiency. He has rushed for at least one touchdown and thrown for a touchdown in 13 consecutive games, UF’s longest string and the longest current active streak nationally. He leads Florida in rushing with 838 yards on 194 carries for a 4.3 average. In addition, he already has the most yards rushing by a Florida quarterback in a career with 1,218 yards.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:21pm]


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