As an OU fan, if I had to pick between McCoy and Tebow, I’d pick McCoy one hundred times over before I picked Tebow.
While they have different styles, both can run very well. McCoy’s running style is like a poor man’s Pat White, while Tebow is 100% power runner. However, even when he tucks it and runs, McCoy is looking to make a play downfield while Tebow just tries to pick up 4-6 yards.
As far as throwing the ball, neither one has a wonderful deep ball, but McCoy is leaps and bounds more accurate with the short and intermediate stuff than Tebow is.
If nothing opens up immediately:
A bad QB (like a Sean Glennon, VT) will take the sack.
The vast majority of college QB’s will throw it away.
A good QB (like Tebow) will tuck it and pick up a few easy yards.
However, McCoy will scramble left, scramble right, tuck it and sprint towards the L.O.S., stop on a dime, pump fake once, and then hit a receiver in stride for a 35 yards gain.
And I’m not exaggerating for effect. McCoy has done exactly what I described numerous times this year. His pure “playmaking” ability is off the charts, and Tebow can’t match it.
And as far as intangibles go (“heart”, “toughness”), I don’t think McCoy has to take a back seat to anybody.
Until last Saturday, Tebow had never won a ballgame after trailing in the 2nd half. McCoy has led 2nd half comebacks at Nebraska, at Texas Tech, vs. Iowa in a bowl game, vs. TCU, vs. Nebraska (again), at Oklahoma State, vs. Oklahoma (ranked #1 both at the time of the game and right now), and damn near did it again at Texas Tech this year.
That’s 8 2nd half comebacks in his career, with one more that came literally 0:01 short. Tebow just now got his first.
So don’t try to sell me that Tebow’s got “heart” and “toughness” and McCoy doesn’t.
As far as stats, McCoy wins by a significant margin (4000 TY, 42 TD’s in 12 games for McCoy, 3000 TY, 40 TD’s in 13 games for Tebow).
Records? McCoy is 11-1, Tebow is 12-1.
“But Tebow’s got an SEC title and a National Title game berth!” Not gonna buy that argument this year. The only reason McCoy can’t match that is pure bad luck, not because of any condemnable performance on the field.
In short, I am rooting for Sam Bradford to take home the trophy. But there would be no shame in losing the statue to McCoy this year. If he loses to Tebow, I’ll think he got screwed.