- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 1, 2009


“We talked about being embarrassed about it, but we’re taking responsibility for it. I think that’s a big step for us.”

- Raiders coach Tom Cable after his team got blown out by the Saints 45-7


Tim Tebow, Florida - College football’s cover boy will enter this race as the favorite with one trophy already under his throwing arm. Playing for the No. 1 team in the country against a schedule that, compared to other SEC schools, isn’t that tough only will help his chances.

Colt McCoy, Texas - The quarterback from the No. 2 team will get a long look from voters as well. He tossed 34 touchdown passes last season and, as a senior, has the Longhorns poised to make a serious BCS title run.

Sam Bradford, Oklahoma - Why not a repeat? The quarterback will give voters plenty of reasons to consider making him only the second back-to-back winner of the award, joining Ohio State’s Archie Griffin (1974-75).

Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State - Wide receiver used to be a sexy pick, but none has been handed the Heisman since Desmond Howard in 1991. Bryant, meanwhile, hauled in 19 touchdowns last season and will be playing for a preseason top-10 team. If he keeps rolling, his last catch could be his biggest.

Eric Berry, Tennessee - You can make the argument that the Vols safety is college football’s best player, and isn’t that who should hoist the sport’s award for excellence at the end of the season? He’ll probably own the NCAA record for interception return yards before the end of Tennessee’s first game, and he’ll make plenty of highlight reels with his picks (seven last year) and big hits.

Our take - While it would be easy for voters to pick Tebow and go about their business, we’re going to bet there’s a golden-boy backlash this fall - especially if the Gators lose their matchup at Louisiana State on Oct. 10. He and the Gators will be playing catchup at that point, leaving McCoy and Bradford to battle it out for top honors the following weekend in Dallas. Look for McCoy to lead the Longhorns to another high-scoring win over the Sooners while running away with the award.

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