Tebow on Manning Watch List
Florida sophomore quarterback Tim Tebow is one of the top 35 players at his position in the nation who have been named to the 2007 Manning Award Watch List.
On the field as a true freshman in 2006, Tebow played an active role in helping the Gators to the school's second national championship. He tied Jimmy Fisher's single-season school record for touchdown runs by a quarterback, set in 1979, with eight on the campaign. The same eight scores also tied him for seventh nationally among quarterbacks in 2006. Tebow's 5.3 average yards per carry was second in the country among quarterbacks behind West Virginia's Patrick White (7.4). He also completed 22-of-33 passes for five touchdowns and only one interception.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton, and Eli Manning, and will be presented to the recipient following the holiday bowl season. It is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates' bowl performances.
USC's Matt Leinart was the inaugural winner of the award in 2005, followed by Texas' Vince Young in 2006 and LSU's JaMarcus Russell last season. All three players went on to become first round draft picks in the NFL.
Finalists for the award will be announced prior to the beginning of the bowl season.
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