Desmond Conner lays it all out in the Hartford Courant today:
Folks are drooling over that stat, the rushing scores in particular because the 22 TDs set a Southeastern Conference record, surpassing what any running back had done.
But Tebow supporters have to know that stat can be lit up pretty easily. What? C’mon, now. While some were impressive, you know the degree of difficulty on many of those TD runs wasn’t very high. Does anybody want to talk about the fact his rushing touchdowns were, on average, almost from point-blank range? Nope.
Listen, we’re not trying to diminish what Tebow has done. It’s a heck of an accomplishment, but when you break it down it’s not as impressive as it sounds, those rushing scores in particular. Tebow was one of 10 quarterbacks to throw 29 or more TD passes in Division I-A this year. Tebow’s 22 rushing TDs, on average, were scored from less than 5 yards. Compare that to McFadden’s 15 rushing TDs, punched in, on average, from about 18 yards.
Tebow is a big, strong guy who really is a running back more than a quarterback anyway. He should be able to score from that distance. And he’s doing this at Florida, where the recruiting classes have been great for years.
This year’s Heisman race is going to be close between Tebow and McFadden. If Tebow wins, it means voters will have fallen in love with the 20-20 stat rather than giving it to the outstanding player, who is pretty versatile himself.