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If a Gainesville Sun poll of Heisman Trophy voters is an indication, Tim Tebow is about to make history again.
The first player to pass and rush for more than 20 touchdowns should become the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in New York.
The Sun contacted more than 100 Heisman voters on Sunday and Monday to ask for their ballots. While some had still not made up their minds and others refused to reveal their ballots even under the condition of anonymity, The Sun was able to obtain the votes of 111 voters in all six Heisman regions.
In all, The Sun contacted voters in 45 states to try to get a national sampling of the 925 members of the media and former Heisman winners who have voted or will vote for the award. All ballots are due by Wednesday.
Of the 111, Tim Tebow received 83 first-place votes to easily out-distance Arkansas running back Darren McFadden in the poll conducted by six members of The Sun sports staff.
“I put Tim Tebow right there with Archie Manning and Herschel Walker as the three best players I've ever seen in this league,” Knoxville Sun-Sentinel columnist John Adams said. “Darren McFadden and Bo Jackson are right behind those three. Tim Tebow is one of the greatest college players I've ever seen.”
Said Clay Horning of the Norman (Okla.) Transcript, “I would go with Tim Tebow because he has the stats of two players, but I don't know if anybody has been a truly dominant football player in college this season.”
Baton Rouge (La.) Morning Advocate columnist Scott Rabalais was one of 23 voters polled who went with McFadden, the runner-up in last year's Heisman race.
“It was a close call between McFadden and Tim Tebow and I went with McFadden because he's such a dynamic player,” Rabalais said. “I was probably influenced a little by the performance he had against LSU.”
The Sun has two voters in the Heisman but neither vote was used in this poll, although both electronically voted for Tim Tebow on Monday.
He would also be the first winner from the SEC since Wuerffel.
“Don't tell me a sophomore shouldn't win this award," said Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News. "Tim Tebow has rolled too many impressive numbers to ignore. His combination of TD passes and TD runs has made him a legend in the SEC at a young age. And he has handled his success with class. He gets my vote.
The presentation of the award is Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Finalists will be notified on Wednesday.
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