Brennan, Daniel said to be among Heisman finalists

Updated: December 5, 2007, 1:24 PM ET
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The five finalists who will be invited to New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation will be announced on SportsCenter tonight at 6 ET. And one of the most wide-open college football seasons in years has also produced one of the most wide-open Heisman races in recent memory.

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Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who could become the first underclassman to win the award emblematic of college football's best player, is expected to be among the five finalists. So is Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, who was the runner-up to Heisman winner Troy Smith of Ohio State in 2006.

But who else is coming to New York for Saturday's trophy presentation at the Nokia Theater?

Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan has also been invited to the trophy presentation, said his coach, June Jones, according to the Honolulu Advertiser. Brennan, a senior, led Hawaii to an undefeated regular season and a BCS bowl bid and holds the single-season and career NCAA records for most touchdown passes.

Tim Tebow

Tebow

Darren McFadden

McFadden

According to Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, junior quarterback Chase Daniel is a finalist for Saturday's announcement. The Kansas City Star reported that Pinkel revealed the news in a conference call with the Mizzou Tiger Club of St. Louis.

Other possible candidates include quarterbacks Pat White of West Virginia, Dennis Dixon of Oregon, Matt Ryan of Boston College and Sam Bradford of Oklahoma, and running back Kevin Smith of Central Florida, who leads the nation in rushing and needs 181 yards to break Barry Sanders' NCAA single-season rushing record.

Colt Brennan

Brennan

Chase Daniel

Daniel

Tebow became the first player in NCAA history to run for at least 20 touchdowns (29) and pass for at least 20 touchdowns (22) in the same season. He eclipsed the school's single-season record for total offense with 3,970 yards, and he broke the Southeastern Conference's single-season record for rushing touchdowns.

McFadden rushed for 1,725 yards in 12 games this season, eclipsing the 1,647 yards he gained in 14 games in 2006 when he led Arkansas to the SEC title game. His stock rose last month, when he tied an SEC record by running for 321 yards against South Carolina, then followed up with 206 rushing yards, three touchdowns and a passing touchdown in a triple-overtime win over then-No. 1 LSU.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.