Tebow Wins More Honors!
Gators Junior quarterback Tim Tebow had a tremendous night atÂ the College Football Awards Thursday, from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney's Boardwalk at the Walt Disney World Resort. The 2008 Heisman Trophy finalistÂ won his second-straight Maxwell Award for the best all-around player and received the Disney Spirit Award (most inspirational story). Tebow joined Notre Dame's John Lattner (1952-53) as the only repeat Maxwell winner since it began being presented in 1937. In addition, Gator junior linebacker Brandon Spikes was named to the Walter Camp All-America Team that was announced during the show. The 2008 SEC Offensive Player of the Year, in addition to the league's Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Tebow leads the SEC in completion percentage (64.9), touchdowns (28) and passing efficiency (176.7), while also owning the lowest interception percentage in the league (0.7). He is the only player in NCAA history to rush and pass for at least 20 touchdowns in a season, with 32 passing and 23 rushing scores in 2007, and ranks first in Florida's record book for the most career rushing touchdowns. Tebow has thrown for 6,159 yards and 65 touchdowns in three seasons, while also gaining 1,928 yards on the ground with 43 rushing touchdowns, both school records by a Gator quarterback. Oklahoma sophomore Sam Bradford received the Davey O'Brien Award for best quarterback. Other winners include: Rey Maualuga, USC, Chuck Bednarik Award (best defensive player); Michael Crabtree, Biletnikoff Award (best receiver); Graham Gano, Florida State, Lou Groza Award (best kicker); Matt FodgeSmith, Alabama, Outland Trophy (best interior lineman); Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State, Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back); Shonn Greene, Iowa, Doak Walker Award (best running back); Nick Saban, Alabama, The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award; and Bobby Bowden, Florida State head coach, NCFAA Contributions to College Football Award. The Walter Camp All-America Team, which honors the nation's best college football players, was also announced on the show. Texas quarterback Colt McCoy was recognized as the Walter Camp Player of the Year. The following five award winners were also acknowledged: Brian Orakpo, Texas, Rotary Lombardi Award (outstanding lineman); Chase Coffman, Missouri, John Mackey Award (best tight end); Brian Orakpo, Texas, Bronko Nagurski Trophy (outstanding defensive player); A.Q. Shipley, Penn State, Rimington Trophy (outstanding center); and Kevin Wilson, Oklahoma, Frank Broyles Award (top assistant coach).
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