Tim Tebow Backs Colt McCoy for Heisman

Joe MorganSenior Analyst IOctober 24, 2008

With the U.S. presidential election quickly approaching, politicians and media personalities alike are beginning to endorse either Senator Barack Obama or Senator John McCain for the White House.

Perhaps the most noteworthy endorsement to date came when renowned Republican Colin Powell endorsed Senator Obama, the Democratic nominee.

However, amidst all of the political commotion, another endorsement worth mentioning was made this past week, yet it wasn't given in front of a camera or from the U.S. Capitol building.

Rather, it came from Florida Gator Tim Tebow, stating his case for quarterback Colt McCoy of the Texas Longhorns in the race for the Heisman Trophy.

"I don't think there's anybody who's above him right now," Tebow said.

Tebow, the defending Heisman Trophy winner, will vote for the Heisman winner for the first time this season—a task that he's taking seriously, but also in good fun.

"I think it's cool," Tebow said. "You have a responsibility. To have a vote for the Heisman is a pretty cool deal and something you should do wisely and have a well-educated vote."

As for the Gator quarterback's Heisman pick, it's hard to disagree with the fiery Florida junior right now.

McCoy has had an outstanding season thus far, tossing 19 touchdowns and recording a passer rating of 190.76 for the No. 1 Texas Longhorns.

Even more impressive is McCoy's completion percentage, which stands at 81.2 percent. He is on pace to set the NCAA single season record in that category.

However, McCoy's leadership has been the X-factor in Texas' rise in the polls.

The third-year starter showed great poise in orchestrating two late touchdown drives to rally the Longhorns to a 45-35 victory against then No. 1 Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry.

McCoy proceeded to turn up the heat the following week, leading Texas to a surprisingly lopsided 56-31 victory over Chase Daniel and Missouri, completing an astonishing 29 of 32 pass attempts in the process.

"Colt was phenomenal," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "He's showing leadership, he's poised. He's really having a good time."

While he is unquestionably the Longhorns' leader on the football field, McCoy has become a leader off the field as well, earning a spot on the 2008 Allstate/AFCA Good Works Team for his volunteer work and community service.

McCoy is also a devout Christian and proudly expresses his faith, always taking the opportunity to thank God for his ability and the opportunity to play football.

"I was really proud of him because I think he represents college football and his faith extremely well, too, which I really respect as well," Tebow said.

Both Tebow and McCoy will play important roles in their respective teams down the stretch. It would not be a surprise to see both quarterbacks in New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation at season's end.

There's even a very realistic possibility that the two signal-callers will be on the same stage in Miami for the BCS Championship Game come January 2009.

However, no matter what happens, college football can't go wrong with McCoy or Tebow hoisting the Heisman Trophy in December.

They are two of college football's finest, both on and off the field.