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December 8, 2008
Rivals.com Week 15 National Awards
Too bad the Heisman isn't decided until after the bowl games.
Tebow, though, gets a prize this week – Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors. Bradford got a long look for Big 12 player of the week and national player of the week, but we opted for his top receiver for conference honors instead.
A Stoops did earn coordinator honors for his work last week, and a running back in a conference championship game received Freshman of the Week recognition.
NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: QB Tim Tebow, Florida
One of the few holes in Tebow's resume was the lack of a comeback victory. Entering the SEC title game, he never had led his team to a win when it trailed in the second half.
That changed in Atlanta. Tebow led two fourth-quarter touchdown drives to give Florida a 31-20 win over Alabama and clinched the Gators' spot in the national championship game.
Without injured playmaker Percy Harvin, Tebow was the focus of the offense. He was 14-of-22 for 216 yards and three touchdowns to go with 57 rushing yards in the win.
NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: RB Darren Evans, Virginia Tech
The ACC Championship Game was a defensive struggle, but Evans - a redshirt freshman - provided enough offensive punch for the Hokies against the Eagles' stout run defense.
Evans rushed for an ACC title game-record 114 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries. Boston College came into the game allowing only 57 rushing yards per game in the previous five weeks.
Also considered for Freshman of the Week:
• Alabama had its best chance to win the SEC Championship Game when Julio Jones was catching the ball. Jones caught five passes for 124 yards against the Gators.
Arizona's defense led the way in the Wildcats' first win over Arizona State since 2004.
Stoops' defense held the Wildcats to 38 rushing yards and 124 passing yards in a dominant performance. The 31-10 victory was the most lopsided Arizona win in the series since a 30-6 rout in 1964.
The win clinched Mike Stoops's first winning season at Arizona. Mark is Mike's younger brother.
Also considered for Coordinator of the Week:
• Connecticut quarterbacks were a combined 6-for-31 with five interceptions against Phil Bennett's Pittsburgh defense. The Panthers won 34-10.
Navy recorded its second consecutive shutout as Buddy Green's defense held Army to 102 rushing yards.
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.