Tim Tebow Awarded AAU Sullivan

Tim Tebow, football was awarded the 78th Annual AAU Sullivan Award in a ceremony at the historic New York Athletic Club.

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Tim Tebow

The Florida quarterback became the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy after throwing for 3,286 yards and 32 touchdowns last season. Tebow, 20, who grew up in Jacksonville, also won the Davey O’Brien and Maxwell awards. He’s the only player in NCAA history to rush and pass for at least 20 touchdowns in a season. His 55 touchdowns were the most in a season in school history. He also set the school single-season record for total offense with 3,970 yards as the Gators (9-4) finished No. 16 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll. Tebow, who has done missionary work during his summers, has a 3.77 grade-point average as a major in family, youth and community sciences.

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The five finalists for the AAU Sullivan Award have been announced. The award will be presented April 1, 2008 at the New York Athletic Club.

Tim Tebow, football

The Florida quarterback became the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy after throwing for 3,286 yards and 32 touchdowns last season. Tebow, 20, who grew up in Jacksonville, also won the Davey O’Brien and Maxwell awards. He’s the only player in NCAA history to rush and pass for at least 20 touchdowns in a season. His 55 touchdowns were the most in a season in school history. He also set the school single-season record for total offense with 3,970 yards as the Gators (9-4) finished No. 16 in the USA TODAY Coaches’ Poll. Tebow, who has done missionary work during his summers, has a 3.77 grade-point average as a major in family, youth and community sciences.

Jeff Lerg, ice hockey

Lerg, 21, set the Michigan State consecutive games played/started records (63) as a sophomore goalie. He made 29 saves as the Spartans beat Boston College 3-1 to win the NCAA hockey title. He also posted 29 saves in a 4-2 victory against Maine in the semifinals, shutting out the Black Bears in the final 36 minutes. He was named Michigan State’s most valuable player. The Spartans entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed and won their first national title in 21 years. Lerg, of Livonia, Mich., had a 3.74 GPA as a finance major.

Philippa Raschker, track and field

Raschker, of Marietta, Ga., has loved track and field since her childhood in Germany. The 61-year-old competes as a sprinter, a jumper and a hurdler. In 2007 she set 12 world and 31 American records. Raschker was named Athlete of the Year by Masters Athlete magazine, Atlanta Sports Amateur Athlete of the Year and Female World Masters Athlete of the Year by the World Masters Athletics Association/International Association of Athletics Federations.

Angela Tincher, softball

Virginia Tech’s Tincher led the nation with a 0.56 ERA and was second in strikeouts (617). The Atlantic Coast Conference pitcher of the year was 38-7, setting school and ACC wins records. As a junior, she threw five no-hitters, including two perfect games. Tincher, 22, of Eagle Rock, Va., also had a school-record 23 shutouts. She was a finalist for the USA Softball National Player of the Year.

Jonathan Horton, gymnastics

The Oklahoma student won NCAA championships on floor (9.65) and high bar (9.675). Horton, 22, also earned All-America honors in the all-around and on high bar, floor, rings and vault. He broke Olympian Bart Conner’s OU records for career NCAA titles (five) and career All-America honors (15). He won his second consecutive Tyson American Cup title with a 92.75 all-around score. Horton became the first athlete to win back-to-back American Cup titles since the USA’s Blaine Wilson won three in a row from 1997 to 1999. His hometown is Houston.

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