SOURCE: Davey O'Brien Foundation

November 29, 2007 14:40 ET

The O'Brien Finalists Revealed: Tim Tebow

This Release Is Third in a Series of Three Highlighting The O'Brien Finalists

FORT WORTH, TX--(Marketwire - November 29, 2007) - Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow is one of three featured on the 2007 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O'Brien) Finalist List, announced on November 19. Tebow is competing against Chase Daniel of Missouri and Dennis Dixon of Oregon for The O'Brien Trophy.

With the Gators' 59-20 win over Florida Atlantic on November 17, Tebow became the first player in NCAA history with more than 20 passing and rushing touchdowns in the same season. The nation's second most efficient passer, Tebow holds a rating of 177.8, and led an impressive win over rival Florida State on Saturday even though he suffered a broken hand early in the third quarter of the game.

Tebow has already won SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors three times this season and leads the SEC in total offense, completion percentage, touchdowns and passing efficiency. He leads Florida in rushing with 838 yards on 194 carries, and already has the most yards ever rushing and passing by a Florida quarterback.

"Tim has tremendous passion for everything he does both on and off the field," said Florida head coach Urban Meyer. "His ability to lead and set a standard of excellence for him and others around him is what makes him special. He is a guy with very positive energy and when he walks into a room, you can feel it. I feel fortunate that I have the opportunity to work with him every day."

Tebow is passion personified. His relentless ambition began in his home state of Florida where he studied the great Gators quarterback Danny Wuerffel, praised for being a two-time O'Brien Award Winner. Tebow credits his off the field attitude and fan friendliness to Wuerffel, whom he saw as a positive role model athletically, academically and spiritually.

Although Tebow was home-schooled, thanks to Florida law he was still able to play high school football. As a junior, Tebow became a highly sought after college quarterback prospect, and as a senior he lead the Nease Panthers to a state title, earned All-State honors, was named Florida's Mr. Football and was a Parade magazine All-American. Tebow finished his high school career with 9,810 passing yards; 3,186 rushing yards; 95 passing touchdowns and 62 rushing touchdowns.

Tebow's love for the game is rivaled only by his dedication to faith and charity. The son of Christian missionaries, both of whom are University of Florida graduates, Tebow was born on a mission to the Philippines. He aspires to mirror his parents' passion for social activism, and returns every year to his birthplace to volunteer at medical clinics, hospitals, prisons, orphanages, market places and schools.

All of the Tebow children were home-schooled together, and that helped to form the strong family bond treasured by this top quarterback. After the Gators' crushing loss to Georgia, Tebow spoke with his sister, who recently moved to Bangladesh with her husband and young daughter to conduct missionary work. After her encouraging words, Tebow was able to put the loss into perspective, realizing that the outcome of the game was just one moment in time in the grand scheme of the other problems in the world.

"Tim Tebow's dedication to the game and compassion for his community are two components that make him a deserving O'Brien Finalist," said executive director of the Davey O'Brien Foundation, Danielle Moorman. "What he's accomplished on the field is impressive, but the more you learn about Tim and his devotion off the field -- he's got a heart big enough to match his talent."

Fans will be able to vote for their favorite Finalist to win this coveted award once daily on The O'Brien's Web site, Voting for this year's Winner will close at noon Central Time on Sunday, December 2.

The Fan Vote counts as 5% in determining the Winner of The 2007 O'Brien Award, and now is the time for fans to make their voices heard. Tebow is currently in second place in the Fan Vote. "With 97 members on the Selection Committee, the Fan Vote can certainly make a difference in determining our Winner," said Moorman.

The other 95% of the vote will come from the O'Brien Selection Committee, which is comprised of journalists, broadcasters and former O'Brien Winners. The Committee is asked to evaluate each Finalist on their quarterback skills, athletic ability, academics, reputation as a team player, character, leadership and sportsmanship.

Fans can find ideas on ways to promote their favorite Finalist by visiting and clicking on the SPREAD THE WORD link on the home page. Fans who have not yet registered to vote can do so on the home page as well.

All Finalists will be in attendance in Orlando, Fla., where The O'Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show December 6.

About The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award®

The O'Brien honors the nation's best college quarterback of the year and inspires student-athletes to triumph both on and off the field. By recognizing and honoring athletes who excel in both sports and academics while exhibiting strong character and leadership, The O'Brien helps to instill a lifelong moral fiber in each candidate. The O'Brien is overseen by the Davey O'Brien Foundation, which was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. The Foundation provides scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visit

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