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Heisman Trophy: The four finalists announced, Tebow still favorite

The four final contenders for the 2007 Heisman Trophy are now known, Tim Tebow remains the favorite to win the college football award.

Heisman Trophy: The four finalists announced, Tebow still favorite The final four college football players, contenders for the 2007 Heisman Trophy, were announced on Wednesday and are: Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel and Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan. And for now the Gators QB Tim Tebow is points out as the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, despite the fact that no sophomore has ever won the award before. Since the first Heisman Trophy, back in 1935, all winners have been juniors or seniors, but Tebow is the most likely candidate to put a stop to this trend. Among the college football records he already broke this year are the all-time SEC quarterback TD record in a single season and the school record for rushing touchdowns in a season and set a career high with 5 rushing touchdowns in a game versus the South Carolina Gamecocks this month. Tim Tebow is the only person ever in NCAA history to score 20 touchdowns rushing and 20 touchdowns passing in the same season.

 But Tim Tebow will meet strong competition in the face of Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, who was one of the three finalists and runner-up for the 2006 Heisman Trophy. McFadden didn;t get enough votes to win the Trophy last year, but became the first sophomore to win the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's top running back. He is also finalist for the 2007 Doak Walker Award and the 2007 Maxwell Trophy, which is given to the most outstanding player in the nation. McFadden has 1,725 yards rushing on 304 carries and 15 TD's, plus he has thrown for 4 TD's, and has 1 TD reception.

Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel is one of six quarterbacks to reach 4,000 passing yards this college football season and threw for 4,170 yards and 33 TDs. And Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan passed for 4,174 yards and 38 touchdowns to make Hawaii the only college football team with a perfect season.

 The experts aren't to only one to make Tim Tebow favorite for this season's Heisman Trophy. As we reported last month, the online sportsbook Bodog Sports had made Tebow favorite to win the Trophy with odds 1/5. Flowwing Tebow were both Darren McFadden and Chase Daniel, sharing odds 3/1. The biggest payout could come from the fourth Heisman Trophy finalist, Colt Brennan, who was listed with the underdog odds 25/1.

 Published on 12/06/2007

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