By JOHN P. WISE
One Great Season
BROOKLYN -- Tim Tebow is a great quarterback and I feel lucky that I'll be able to tell my step-grandchildren someday that I watched the greatest college football player in the history of the sport.
Sure I held it slightly against him that he played at Florida, which beat up my beloved Buckeyes in the 2006 national championship game, but I don't care so deeply about sports that I end up hating the rivals who triumph over my favorites.
Tebow is regarded by many, including this prestigious Web site, to be the best college football player ever. But despite his stellar four years leading the Gators, Tebow should not win the Heisman Trophy because of the following five reasons:
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1) The Heisman is not a lifetime achievement award. If there was an honor given out to four-year players for their entire bodies of work, by all means, give it to No. 15 and begin calling it the Tebow Award next year.
2) The Heisman goes to the most outstanding player in college football each season. There are several players who had better individual seasons, three or four or maybe five who meant more to their teams than Tebow meant to his.
3) Ndamukong Suh. Um, was any one player more singularly dominant than the Nebraska defensive lineman? The short answer is no. So is the long answer. This should be a lock. Suh's defensive dominance this season was similar to how prolific of an offensive season Troy Smith had in 2006 and Reggie Bush a year earlier.
4) Toby Gerhart. Gerhart was a dominant offensive player for Stanford this season, bulldozing his way to 1,736 yards and shattering by 600 yards exactly his own single-season rushing record at the school. He also scored 26 touchdowns, many of them of the knee-or-shoulder-to-the-opponent's-face variety. The highlight reels showed many bruising runs by Gerhart, but the kid had decent wheels this season as well.
5) Colt McCoy. I bet he actually wins the dang thing, but he doesn't deserve it. That Big 12 Championship Game was a Heisman Final, of sorts, and we all know who got the best of whom in front of a national audience Saturday night. But if a quarterback gets it, it should be McCoy comfortably ahead of Tebow.