Oklahoma, quarterback, So.
Previous ranking: 1st
2007 Heisman voting: Not in top 10.
2008 stats: 13 games, 302of 442 passing for 4,464 yards, 48 TDs, 6 INTs; 40 rushes for 65 yards, 5 TDs.
2007 stats: 14 games, 237 of 341 passing for 3,121 yards, 36 TDs, 8 INTs; 31 rushes for 7 yards.
Last game (62-21 victory vs. Missouri in Big 12 championship game at Kansas City, Mo., 12/6): Bradford made his point why he should win the Heisman this season — 702 times.
As the triggerman of the most prolific offense in college football history, it would be impossible to deny Bradford what he has earned. The Heisman Trophy should be his.
Bradford put on another solid show, completing 38-of-49 passes for 384 yards and two touchdowns as the Sooners became the first team in college football history to score at least 60 points in five straight games, and their 702 points on the season broke Hawaii’s mark of 656 set in 2006.
Bradford also set Big 12 championship game records for passing yards and completions.
“Look at what the guy’s done,” said Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. “Five straight games, 60 points and he’s the one operating it all. He doesn’t turn the ball over. The guy is unbelievable.”
Bradford had other things on is mind than the Heisman, saying, "I don't see how we could not be No. 1 (Sunday)."
That may still be open for debate. As for who should be No. 1 in the Heisman race, Bradford made sure he put an end to that debate.
Season review: Coming off an impressive freshman season, people expected Bradford to be improved. But no one could have predicted sensational.
The nation’s leader in passing efficiency threw for at least 300 yards in 11 of his team’s 13 games.
He also lead the country in touchdown passes with 48 and threw four or more touchdowns passes in eight of 13 games. And in nine of those games he didn’t throw an interception. For the season he averaged a staggering 10.8 yards per completion while converting on 68.3 percent of his pass attempts.
Bradford now has 84 TD passes through his sophomore season (still not complete). Second on the list is Florida’s Rex Grossman with 55.
Every which way you turned this season Bradford was breaking, or making, history.
Bowl game projection: Oklahoma will play Florida in the BCS Championship Game on Jan. 8.
Next season: Bradford could make the jump to the pros — and in an interesting note The Oklahoman recently reported it’s been 59 years since a Sooners quarterback besides Troy Aikman, who completed his career at UCLA, threw a pass in the NFL — but more than likely expect Bradford to return and be in the exact same position Florida’s Tim Tebow was this season.
Everyone will be asking if he can repeat as Heisman winner and everyone will be expecting him to either match, or surpass, this year’s record-setting season. That will be very difficult, as Tebow himself discovered.
If Tebow and Bradford both return, it could make for one of the most intriguing Heisman races in years.
Schedule/results: vs. Chattanooga (W, 57-2); vs. Cincinnati (W, 52-26); at Washington (W, 55-14); vs. TCU (W, 35-10); at Baylor (W, 49-17); vs. Texas at Dallas (L, 45-35); vs. Kansas (W, 45-31); at Kansas St. (W, 58-35); vs. Nebraska (W, 62-28); at Texas A&M (W, 66-28); vs. Texas Tech (W, 65-21); at Oklahoma St. (W, 61-41); vs. Missouri in Big 12 championship game (W, 62-21); vs. Florida in BCS Championship Game at Miami (1/8).
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