The Heisman Trophy, awarded annually to the best offensive skill-position player on a good team in Division 1 NCAA football, will be given out tonight.
Four players have been selected as finalists: Colt Brennan, Chase Daniel, Darren McFadden, and Tim Tebow. Of those four, each has his strengths and weaknesses.
Brennan, the senior quarterback from the University of Hawai'i has put up amazing stats over the past two years; further, his team is the only remaining undefeated in Division 1-A. However, he is haunted by the ghost of countless "system quarterbacks" since Andre Ware won the award in 1989. He is also hampered by his team's weak schedule.
Daniel, the quarterback for the University of Missouri, has also put up significant statistics, and against better competition than Brennan. His performance against then-undefeated Kansas has helped his cause considerably. But in the Big XII Championship against Oklahoma, Daniel laid an egg, going 23-39 for 219 yards and no touchdowns in his team's 38-17 defeat.
McFadden, a do-everything running back for the University of Arkansas and one of the leading prospects in the upcoming NFL draft, has dazzled with spectacular talent and flashed terrific performances, but has also disappeared at times, especially when he ran for only 43 yards in a disastrous loss to Auburn.
That brings us to our final competitor, and the man I believe should win the Heisman: University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. Tebow has had a record-setting season, becoming the first player ever to pass for 20 touchdowns and rush for 20 touchdowns in the same year, and setting the SEC record for rushing touchdowns in a season. Critics will point to the "Meyer system" (as University of Hawai'i coach June Jones did) and Tebow's underclassman status (he's a true sophomore) - but Tebow has shown up big in every game this season, and is the most deserving player of all the candidates.