The 6’4, 218 pound Sam Bradford currently holds the NCAA record for touchdown passes by a freshman with 36. In his first game for the Oklahoma Sooners on Sept. 1, 2007 against the University of North Texas, Bradford completed 21 of 23 attempts for 363 yards and three touchdowns in just a little over two quarters. In that game he broke the school record for passing yards in a half with 350. The next week, Bradford broke fellow Sooner and Heisman Trophy winner Jason White's school record for most consecutive pass completions with 22. Bradford set NCAA freshman record for touchdown passes in a season with 36, and led the nation with passing efficiency rating of 176.53 ahead of second-place Tim Tebow, the 2007 Heisman winner. Bradford joins fellow Oklahoma Sooners; Billy Vessels, Steve Owens, Billy Sims, and White as Heisman trophy winners.
The first person to congratulate Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford was the player who won it last year -- Tim Tebow.
Bradford, Oklahoma's amazingly accurate and quick-thinking passer, won the Heisman after leading the highest-scoring team in major college history to the BCS title game.
A year after Tebow was the first sophomore to win the Heisman, Bradford became the second and kept the Florida star from joining Archie Griffin as the only two-time winners.
"I was definitely surprised and I think it's everything I imagined," said Bradford, who raised the 25-pound bronze statue with his left hand still in a cast from a recent surgery. "I think it will take a couple weeks to set in."
Bradford got 300 first-place votes, McCoy 266 and Tebow 309. Not since 1956 had a player drawn the most first-place votes and finished third; Tommy McDonald of Oklahoma holds that distinction.
Bradford was the third person to win without receiving the most first-place votes, joining Notre Dame's Paul Hornung in '56 and Oklahoma's Billy Sims in 1978.
It was the closest margin between the top two since Nebraska's Eric Crouch edged Florida's Rex Grossman by 62 points in 2001. The only other time the gap between first and third was smaller was also '01, when Miami's Ken Dorsey was 142 points behind Crouch.
"This is an individual award but I feel like I'm receiving it on behalf of my teammates," Bradford said during his acceptance speech. "I feel like our whole offense bails me out every game. They make me look good."