The five players comprising the 2009 Heisman Trophy class have a blend of talents with clear Christian overtones.
Texas quarterback McCoy will lead the Longhorns into the BCS National Championship game against Ingram’s Alabama Crimson Tide. McCoy has a strong background in personal ministry from mission trips to Peru and has been led by a strong faith background to emerge as one of the nation’s most prolific quarterbacks.
Ingram, a sophomore, put on a dazzling three-touchdown display in last week’s Southeastern Conference championship game win over Tebow’s Florida Gators. His background, too, is supported by his family’s strong Christian influence. It has been a key factor in his success against the backdrop of his father Mark, Sr., who was a wide receiver for the New York Giants and is currently in prison.
Tebow is bidding to become only the second two-time Heisman winner and the first since Ohio State’s Archie Griffin in the 1970s. His faith background is well-documented. Tebow’s father is a longtime evangelical missionary to the Philippines. The quarterback’s own faith expressions from press interviews to multiple mission trips of his own have established him as a powerful example of faith on action in the pub;ic spotlight.
The class is rounded out by Stanford running back Toby Gerhart and Nebraska defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh. Gerhart led the Pac-10 in rushing with a bruising straightforward style which punished would-be tacklers. Suh had 12 sacks for the Cornhuskers and was an unstoppable force in the Big XII Championship Game in which Texas narrowly defeated Nebraska on a field goal as time expired.