Tebow selected as Manning Award winner

January, 22, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Florida's Tim Tebow has been named this year's winner of the Manning Award, which honors the country's best quarterback taking into account how that player performed in the bowl game.

The award, presented by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, was created in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning and is the only award that takes into consideration the candidates' bowl performances.

Tebow passed for 231 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for 109 yards in leading Florida to a 24-14 victory over Oklahoma in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game. Texas' Colt McCoy finished second in the voting this year.

Tebow is the fifth winner of the Manning Award, which began following the 2004 regular season. USC's Matt Leinart was the inaugural winner, followed by Texas' Vince Young in 2006. In 2007, LSU's JaMarcus Russell earned the award and last year Boston College's Matt Ryan collected the honor.

Leinart was selected No. 10 in the 2006 NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals; the same year that Young went third overall to the Tennessee Titans. In 2007, Russell was the No. 1 overall pick by the Oakland Raiders, while last year saw Ryan go No. 3 to the Atlanta Falcons.

Later on Thursday afternoon, Tebow and Archie Manning are scheduled to talk with reporters on a teleconference. So check back, and I'll have some of Tebow's thoughts on where he and the Gators go from here.

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