Sam Bradford Will Return To Oklahoma, Joining Fellow Heisman Finalists Colt McCoy And Tim Tebow
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The Top 3 Heisman Finalists Will All Be Back Next Year. This Should Be Fun.

1/14/09 in NCAAF   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Sam Bradford has made his decision, and is expected to announce shortly that he will stay in Oklahoma for at least one year. Bradford, the Heisman Trophy winning QB, will pass on the chance to enter the 2009 NFL Draft, and will try to lead the Oklahoma Sooners to another Big 12 Championship and National Championship game appearance. He's undoubtedly hoping for a better result next time, though.

Bradford joins the elite triumvirate of Heisman Trophy finalist QB's who will be back in school next year. Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow, who finished second and third in the Heisman voting, respectively, are also returning. McCoy led Texas to a win over Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, and Tebow followed up a Heisman winning campaign in his sophomore year with a National Championship over Bradford's Sooners.

This will be the first time that the top 3 Heisman Trophy candidates will all be returning. There have been a few times where it was close, including 1949, 1968 and 1975.

In 1948, juniors Doak Walker and Charlie Justice finished first and second in Heisman voting, respectively. They both returned for their senior years, and Justice finished 2nd again, but this time behind Leon Hart. Walker finished third. The next closest player from the 1948 voting who returned was Emil Sitko, who finished seventh in '48 and eighth in '49.

In 1967, OJ Simpson finished second in Heisman voting, and LeRoy Keyes was third. They went on to finish #1 and #2 the next year, with Simpson leading the way again.

In 1974 and 1975, Archie Griffin won his 2 Heismans. Joe Washington finished third in '74, but dropped down to 5th in 1975.

Those are the closest that we've come to seeing the top 3 Heisman Trophy finalists returning for another year. That should give people something to look forward to, as these quarterbacks are arguably the best trio of college quarterbacks we've seen in decades.

This might have influenced Mark Sanchez' decision to turn pro. The USC QB was torn, according to teammate Taylor Mays, the USC safety who will spend one more year with the Trojans, despite being projected as a first rounder. With Bradford staying in school, it will likely boost Sanchez' draft status, as he will now likely be the 2nd QB taken in the draft, behind Matthew Stafford and ahead of Nate Davis, and others. Sanchez would likely have gone behind Bradford if the Sooners QB had declared, so he may have decided that it's time to take advantage of this year's dearth at the QB position, and strike while the iron is hot.

One thing that is safe to say is that next year should be an excellent one in college football!


Source: Bradford expected to return [ESPN]
Sources: USC QB Sanchez plans to enter NFL Draft [ESPN]
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1/15/09   |   spartymon   |   1231 respect

Pat wrote:
Is it just me, or does it seem like the Lions would be better off going with Stanton or some random free agent, and taking someone like Andre Smith instead?

I totally agree, but it's the Lions... they never do anything that makes sense!!!!   Stanton is probably not the answer as he can't stay healthy, but they might as well see what he can do.   The really need to improve that offensive line or it won't matter who they have at QB.

1/15/09   |   jprivett

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Shouldn't the title be "Sam Bradford decides he wants to lose another national championship."

Again, you're an ass...

1/15/09   |   spartymon   |   1231 respect

Martin Mayhew (the Lions new GM) must not have informed Matt Stafford that the Lions were going to draft him, otherwise he would have returned to school as well!   Then again, Stafford probably knows better - the Lions will likely waste the top pick and take someone that they could get in the 2nd or 3rd round.

1/14/09   |   ntimid8

taylordanley wrote:
Florida vs. Texas, 2010 National Championship. Give Tebow his 2nd Heisman while you're at it because McCoy is getting the ring.

I gave ya a bold baby because I'ma hopin on my team!!!!! BUT agree with the Heisman prediction
Actually, knowing these three great QBs are coming back next year, is making me jones for more NCAAFB!!!!!

1/14/09   |   stlbudlite14

Bradford, McCoy, and Tebow......this will be a big 3 way circus in college football!!!!!!!!!!!!! They will bring the most exciting thing ever once the games start in August......

1/14/09   |   taylordanley   |   6 respect

Florida vs. Texas, 2010 National Championship. Give Tebow his 2nd Heisman while you're at it because McCoy is getting the ring.

1/14/09   |   turfeater77

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

1/14/09   |   turfeater77

That's what I was thinking.  I don't think it will hurt them too much going with Thigpen one more year.  With a new management staff in place, next season will be a true rebuilding year.  We can worry about a new QB in the 2010 draft.

1/14/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

wrote:
Who is returning at Utah?

the championship trophy, hopefully

1/14/09   |   coolkraft2003   |   6 respect

Should be an interesting year with Tebow,Bradford and MCCoy back ..  Go Gators...great defense coming back  for a third winning season.

1/14/09   |   Keeter   |   92 respect

Next year could be one of the best in recent college football memory !!!!!!!!!

Can you just hear the complaints next year when one (or more) of these 2008 Heisman Finalists are NOT in the BCS Championship game ??!!

1/14/09   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Michael_Luchies wrote:
My Detroit Lions just can't win...now we only have Stafford at #1....Bradford probably made a smart decision..who would want to play behind that offensive line?

Is it just me, or does it seem like the Lions would be better off going with Stanton or some random free agent, and taking someone like Andre Smith instead?

1/14/09   |   Michael_Luchies   |   17 respect

My Detroit Lions just can't win...now we only have Stafford at #1....Bradford probably made a smart decision..who would want to play behind that offensive line?

1/14/09   |   Marshall

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Shouldn't the title be "Sam Bradford decides he wants to lose another national championship."

No, the title should be "Sam Bradford decides being a Lion not worth millions returns to Oklahoma"

1/14/09   |   SoCalSmokinOkie   |   1 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Shouldn't the title be "Sam Bradford decides he wants to lose another national championship."

Better to lose one then not to play for one at all....

1/14/09   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

And now Mark Sanchez is going to be going pro. Can't say I blame him. He should probably be right there with Nate Davis as the 2nd QB taken.

1/14/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Shouldn't the title be "Sam Bradford decides he wants to lose another national championship."

1/14/09   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Pat wrote:
Next year will be an incredible year. Almost Florida's entire defense is coming back as well. Alabama will likely be a lot better, too. The top teams will all be obscenely good, imo.

Plus Texas being loaded, Boise has most of their team coming back, Ole Miss, LSU, USC's offense, Oklahoma St., Ohio St. with Vince Young 2.0, Florida St., Georgia Tech.

I can't wait for August.

1/14/09   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Jubanator14 wrote:
Not only that but Trent Williams (top O-Line junior on OU) and Jermaine Gresham are also coming back. Plus everyone but the two safeties are back on Defense for OU so the D will be loaded and hopefully play like they did against Florida.

The Red River Shootout just got even bigger...if that is even possible from what happened last season.

Next year will be an incredible year. Almost Florida's entire defense is coming back as well. Alabama will likely be a lot better, too. The top teams will all be obscenely good, imo.

1/14/09   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Not only that but Trent Williams (top O-Line junior on OU) and Jermaine Gresham are also coming back. Plus everyone but the two safeties are back on Defense for OU so the D will be loaded and hopefully play like they did against Florida.

The Red River Shootout just got even bigger...if that is even possible from what happened last season.