First it was Colt McCoy telling the country that he would be back for his senior season to finish what he started. We all thought, put his name on the Heisman and put Texas in the national title game for sure, especially since Sam Bradford was supposed to put his name in this year's NFL draft.
Then when Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford both made their "I'm coming back" speeches, we all thought, "Wow!" and, well, you can put the Gators and Sooners in the National Championship Game.
So now, with the top three candidates from the past Heisman Trophy voting all returning, what can we expect to see?
The good, the bad, and the ugly for Sam Bradford returning to Oklahoma!
By coming back to the Sooners, he will have a chance to avenge his national title game loss and win a championship in what should be a deep field of teams.
He most likely would've been the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, signed to millions, and would've had a great shot at playing every day his rookie season. Also by returning, his stock can only go down. He had four games in which he threw five touchdowns and had four games where he threw four touchdowns. To top it off, he most likely won't win the Heisman, either.
While it sounds great to be the top pick in the draft, the Detroit Lions are terrible and Bradford would've been running for his life in the backfield...so maybe his decision wasn't so bad after all.
As long as he doesn't get hurt, he will still be one of the top quarterbacks taken in next year's NFL Draft.
The good, the bad, and the ugly for Colt McCoy returning to Texas!
By returning to the Longhorns, he has a legitimate shot at getting to the national title game...a game most experts believe he should've been in this year. His completion percentage and running ability made him a Heisman Trophy candidate, and he could win it in his senior year.
While McCoy had no idea Tebow and Bradford would return for another college season, had he put his name into the draft, he would've been a first-round pick. Having your name called in the first round is worth millions and makes it much easier to concentrate on just playing football and learning a pro-style offense.
McCoy was like Harry Houdini on the field because he had two marginal wide receivers in Quan Cosby and Jordan Shipley, and he led his team in rushing yards and was second in rushing touchdowns. Well, one of his two top WRs graduates, and the running game leaves much to be desired.
The good, the bad, and the ugly for Tim Tebow returning to Florida!
With Tim Tebow coming back for his senior year, he has a chance to go down as the greatest college player of all time. He has a chance to win another national championship. He has a chance to win another Heisman Trophy and has a chance to stamp his name on college sports forever.
Tebow's stats fell from his Heisman Trophy campaign two years ago, and they can fall again. He threw for 539 fewer yards, had two fewer passing touchdowns, and fell to third in this year's Heisman Trophy voting.
His stats could continue to fall, and he could go from a projected third or fourth-round pick to much later and never have the opportunity to show his athleticism at the next level. I have made the point before that players need to cash in on their name when the time is right. Tebow could've done just that, but what happens if he doesn't play as well his senior year? NFL scouts will look the other way when his name comes up in the draft.
Whatever happens in the 2009 college football season, it should be exciting to watch with Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford, and Colt McCoy all in uniform.