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It’s not like he needs my validation, but if it were up to me, Darren McFadden would win the Heisman Trophy.
He just ran for 206 yards and 3 TDs against the #4 rushing defense in the country. For even more perspective on McFadden’s performance, consider that prior to today’s game LSU hadn’t allowed a running back to gain 100 yards in a game this year.
His team racked up 50 points and 513 total yards of offense on the road against the #2 team nationally in total defense and #9 in scoring defense, with a quarterback whose final stat line was 10-18 for 94 yards. (He did throw a TD pass – but so did McFadden.)
I know Tebow’s had a phenomenal year, statistically speaking. He’s the ideal QB to run Meyer’s system. And I love his attitude.
But Tebow isn’t the physical freak that McFadden is. And Tebow’s had a better supporting cast that helped Florida lose exactly one less game than Arkansas. Give Arkansas a healthy Marcus Monk all season and that game we just watched would have been for a SECCG berth – maybe for more than that.
Most people that watch Tebow play are impressed. Most people that watch McFadden play hold their breath every time he touches the ball. That’s the difference. That’s why McFadden should win.