Football practice hasn't even started, but Florida quarterback Tim Tebow has already added another award to his long list of accomplishments. On Wednesday, he was named the Best Male College Athlete at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.
"It is an honor to be at an event with many of the people I've grown up watching and respecting," Tebow said, in a statement released by the school.
"I accept this award on behalf of my coaches and teammates. The fact that this award is based on fan voting makes it all the more special. I've always appreciated the support I've received from the fans and the Gator Nation."
The show was taped and will be shown on Sunday night on ESPN.
Tebow is the second Florida player to win an ESPY. Danny Wuerffel, UF's 1996 Heisman Trophy winner, is the other -- the spring after his Heisman season.
Tebow became the first player in NCAA history to pass and rush for 20 touchdowns in the same season in 2007. He also set a single-season touchdown accountability record in the SEC, with 55 (32 passing, 23 rushing).
He will attempt to become just the second college player to win two Heisman Trophies in a career this fall.
Tebow beat out basketball players Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina and Kansas State's Michael Beasley for his latest award. In December, Tebow became the first sophomore to ever win the Heisman Trophy.
Gators coach urban Meyer, who attended the event before taking an overnight flight to Tampa for the state college football media event on Thursday, said it was well-deserved and that he's not concerned all the attention his quarterback has gotten will cause any problems.
"He's a unique guy, probably the only guy that could handle that," Meyer said in Tampa.
"I certainly couldn't handle what he's done. I was with him quite a bit in Los Angeles. He went to UCLA and worked out, he worked out in the hotel with a young man from Appalachian State who just got drafted in the second round and he worked out on Monday as well. So, no, there's no issue with that."