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December 7, 2007 8:56 PM

My Heisman ballot

Posted by Bob Condotta

The Heisman Trophy will be given out tomorrow, and maybe someday soon that will be a local story for us out here.

For now, it's something to watch only from afar, though I do so with great interest every year as I am a voter.

This will be a fun one because I think there is some genuine intrigue this time, as this story details well.

My ballot looked like this.

1, Tim Tebow, Florida.

2, Dennis Dixon, Oregon

3, Colt Brennan, Hawaii

All quarterbacks, I know, which is something I struggled with. Then again, it is the most important position on the field, as Dixon's injury at Oregon --- and UO's subsequent inability to win a game --- revealed clearly.

Had Dixon not gotten hurt, I would have voted for him No. 1. I thought about doing it anyway --- the way Oregon collapsed after he was hurt only seemed to illustrate that much more clearly how great a season he was having.

I'm not sure I've ever seen anyone operate an offense better than Dixon did at Husky Stadium this season.

But it's hard to ignore that he essentially missed three games --- obviously not his fault, but that is part of the game and has to be considered when you judge a season.

Once I decided I wasn't voting Dixon No. 1 I sided with Tebow. Who cares that he's only a sophomore? That's one of the dumbest reasons for not voting for someone I've ever heard. If he's the best player, he's the best player.

And Tebow's numbers are impossible to ignore --- 51 touchdowns, 29 passing, 22 rushing, at least one of each in every game. Also hard to ignore was his consistency --- he never threw more than one interception in a game (he had just six all season), completed less than 50 percent of his passes just once, and had 60 yards or more rushing in eight of 12 games. He also had a long pass of 37 yards or more in every game, indicating that he wasn't just dinking and dunking in charting a 68.5 percent completion percentage rate for the season.

That left Brennan for third, and I have to admit I was influenced by being in Hawaii a week ago and seeing him lead a comeback from 28-7 down against the Huskies. We all know the weaknesses of UW's defense this season. Still, I was impressed the way Brennan kept his composure and led his team when it all seemed to be slipping away --- that was a lot of pressure he was under in that game with all the talk of it being the biggest game in school's history and the fervor gripping that state.

I considered the schedule Hawaii played and the fact that Brennan missed one game and most of another, and also had a couple of bad outings (five interceptions against Idaho) which is why he wasn't higher.

That obviously means I left off Darren McFadden, who had a wonderful season. But I guess I just didn't feel he was quite to the level of other Heisman running backs. If I had a stat to back that up, it would be that more than half of his touchdowns --- eight of 15 --- came against Florida International, Troy, North Texas and Chattanooga.

MOORE TO FLORIDA? --- Rivals.com is reporting that Carl Moore, a JC receiver who visited UW for the Cal game, is heading to Florida, instead. Moore is apparently the only JC player the Huskies were recruiting this year and it was hoped he would bring some instant help to what will be an inexperienced position next season.


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