LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Florida's Tim Tebow won the Maxwell Award for the second time last night, edging fellow quarterbacks Colt McCoy of Texas and Graham Harrell of Texas Tech for the honor given to college football's best all-round player.
The Gators star joined Notre Dame quarterback Johnny Lattner as the only two-time winners of the award, presented by the Maxwell Club of Philadelphia. Lattner won in 1952-53.
Tebow, who will lead Florida against Sam Bradford and the Oklahoma Sooners in the national championship game next month, was the first sophomore to win the Heisman last year. Tomorrow in New York, he could become the second player to win it twice.
"All these awards are special - and they mean a lot to me - but they don't compare to winning the championship because you share that with everyone on the team," Tebow said. "That's the one I really want."
The versatile Tebow is fifth in the nation in passer rating (176.7) with 28 touchdown passes and only two interceptions. He hasn't been asked to run as much this season, but still has 564 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns.
Tebow also won Disney's Spirit Award for service off the field.
Fellow Heisman finalists Bradford and McCoy also were big winners in the college football awards.
Bradford beat out Harrell and McCoy for the Davey O'Brien Award for top quarterback. Bradford led the nation in passer rating (186.3) and TD passes (48) while throwing for 4,464 yards.
McCoy was the Walter Camp player of the year.
Running back Shonn Greene of Iowa won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's best running back, finishing ahead of Knowshon Moreno of Georgia and Javon Ringer of Michigan State. Greene is a graduate of Winslow Township High in Camden County.
A.Q. Shipley of Penn State won the Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation's top center. The senior captain anchored the No. 6 Nittany Lions' offensive line, which has allowed a Big Ten-low 12 sacks this season.
Michael Crabtree, a Texas Tech sophomore, won his second straight Biletnikoff Award for best wide receiver. The Outland Trophy for best interior lineman went to Andre Smith of Alabama.
Rey Maualuga of Southern California won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the best defensive player over James Laurinaitis of Ohio State and Aaron Maybin of Penn State. The Jim Thorpe Award as the best defensive back went to Malcolm Jenkins of Ohio State.
Matt Fodge of Oklahoma State won the Ray Guy Award as the best punter and Graham Gano of Florida State took the Lou Groza Award for the best kicker.
Nick Saban was named coach of the year after leading Alabama to the SEC championship game and a 12-1 record.
Tebow did not come close to matching the gaudy numbers he had last year. But led the way as Florida made the BCS championship game.
Tebow could join a most exclusive club tomorrow night - Archie Griffin is the only two-time winner of college football's most prestigious individual award.