Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, trying to become the first sophomore to win the award, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden and quarterbacks Chase Daniel of Missouri and Colt Brennan of Hawaii are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy.
They all will be in New York Saturday when the annual award is presented to the top player in college football.
Tebow could break the trend of all 70 previous winners being either seniors or juniors. The quarterback ran for 838 yards and 22 touchdowns, and also completed 68 percent of his throws for 3,132 yards and 29 touchdowns.
He also became the first major college player to run for 20 touchdowns and throw 20 TD passes in the same season.
McFadden was one of the pre-season favorites after finishing second to Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith last year. His candidacy lagged with a mediocre October, but in the final month of the season he tied the SEC record with 321 yards rushing against South Carolina, and then ran for 206 yards and three TDs and threw a touchdown pass to lead the Razorbacks to a 50-48 triple overtime victory over LSU.
Daniel threw for 4,170 yards and 33 TDs to get surprising Missouri within a victory of the BCS national championship game, while Brennan led Hawaii to a perfect 12-0 even though his numbers were down from last year due to injuries. He passed for 4,174 yards and 38 touchdowns, and also set the major college record with 131 career touchdown passes.
* West Virginia kicker Pat McAfee has received angry text messages and had his car vandalized after he missed two field goals in the Mountaineers' 13-9 loss to Pitt. His father said his son even received a "McAfee must die" message on his Facebook account.
McAfee, who's known for his accuracy, missed first-quarter field goals from 20 and 32 yards.
* Chris Long, of Virginia, the son of Howie Long, has won the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's best defensive end.
* Tyrone Willingham, with 2 years remaining on a 5-year contract, will return to Washington next year despite a 4-9 record.
* Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville has received a 2-year contract extension.
* The University of Colorado has agreed to pay two women $2.85 million to settle a lawsuit alleging they were sexually assaulted by football players and recruits.
* New Jersey Gov. Corzine and state Senator Ray Lesniak say they will lead a campaign to raise money to expand the Rutgers football stadium. *