LAKE BUENA VISTA — It's not as if he had been sitting on pins and needles awaiting the announcement, but when the official word came that he was a finalist for the 2008 Heisman Trophy, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was elated.
Tebow, Oklahoma sophomore quarterback Sam Bradford and Texas quarterback junior Colt McCoy will be in New York on Saturday — at the Sports Museum of America for the first time — as the finalists for college football's most prestigious award.
"I was excited," Tebow said during a media event at the Walt Disney World Resort, shortly after the nationally-televised announcement Wednesday. "It's a great honor and privilege. It's something that I'm going to have a lot of fun doing."
The first sophomore to win the Heisman, Tebow is trying to become the second two-time winner. Ohio State running back Archie Griffin won the award in 1974 and 1975.
Tebow, 21, said he wasn't nervous about whether he would be among the finalists, saying he has been consumed this week by exams, potential coaching departures and thoughts of playing Bradford and the Sooners in the BCS title game on Jan. 8.
As the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Tebow knows how hectic the New York weekend can be.
"I did a lot of stuff last year; I'm hoping not to do as much," Tebow joked. "But I'm enjoying the opportunity. Getting a chance to go again is a great honor."