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Saturday, December 13, 2008
Bradford credits teammates in winning Heisman

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Sam Bradford's Heisman Trophy coronation almost turned into a pep rally for the school -- and his teammates.

Bradford paid homage to the Big 12 champion Sooners, a group that has scored more points than any team in modern-day college football, as he accepted the Heisman Trophy Saturday night.

"They are unreal," Bradford said. "I was surrounded by such a strong supporting cast. I feel like I'm up here representing them. This is an individual award, but I feel like I'm receiving it (the Heisman Trophy) for them. Without them, I would be nowhere. "

Good idea, in my opinion. The Sooners have been that dominant this season -- but particularly when the Sooners made history by scoring at least 60 points in their final five games of the season.

Former Oklahoma running back Billy Sims is already sparking the ire of the Texas message boards with his declaration that "Sooner or later we'll get you" as Bradford accepted the award. But it was all in good fun and just made the annual Texas-Oklahoma game next October in Dallas that much more interesting -- as if it really needed any more fuel after the BCS controversy that pushed the Sooners into the Big 12 championship ahead of the Longhorns.

It was the third- closest vote in history as Bradford garnered 1,725 votes, compared to 1,604 for second-place finisher Colt McCoy of Texas and 1,575 for defending Heisman winner Tim Tebow of Florida.

Tebow actually received more first-place votes than any other competitor. But Bradford received enough second- and third-place votes that boosted him past the rest of the field. He becomes the fifth Oklahoma player to win the award. The school's other winners were Billy Vessels, Steve Owens, Sims and Jason White.

The Big 12 was represented with four of the top five finalists. Teammates Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.

Bradford's victory marked the second-straight season the winner accepted the trophy with a cast on his non-throwing arm. But he vows to be ready for the Sooners' Jan. 8 date against Florida in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game in Miami.

Watching Bradford and the Oklahoma offense was enough to make a believer of Florida coach Urban Meyer.

"It's as good an offense as I've ever seen on video," Meyer said.

And it was sparked the quarterback who led the nation in touchdown passes and richly deserved the award.