The Tebow effect
The YouTube clip's first title was "
So Jeff McVaney's older brother changed the title of the highlight clip. Want to find it? A quick Google search for "The Next
McVaney, a senior at Houston's Strake Jesuit, had been looking at Holy Cross and Penn. A few weeks ago, he started getting calls from Kansas and Oklahoma. Father John said LSU and Texas A&M have discussed walk-on spots. The big schools haven't offered scholarships yet, but McVaney might get an official visit or two. After that, who knows?
"We cheer for the Tebow kid," John McVaney said, "because his success is getting Jeff noticed."
It seems every college coach is hunting for a clone of Tebow, who accounted for 55 touchdowns this season and became the first sophomore to win the Heisman. Either they run the spread and want to run it better, or they want a dual-threat quarterback who can serve as a change of pace -- much like Tebow did for Florida starter
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The aforementioned Google search for "The Next Tim Tebow" doesn't produce just one result. Right below McVaney's highlight film, you'll find
But for the uniform colors and the size of the players, the scene looks like the start of a Florida or Oregon play. Five receivers spread wide. A quarterback -- not much smaller than his linemen -- is in the shotgun. The ball is snapped, and the quarterback bursts forward. He blasts through the line, past the linebackers. Only the free safety stands in his way. Boom! The free safety lands on his back, but his mangled body slows the quarterback enough to allow a pair of teammates to drag him down inches from the goal line.
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"I tell coaches he's Tim Tebow," Barnes said.
Those similarities could make Evans one of the nation's most sought-after quarterbacks in the Class of 2009. Coaches from every conference want a Tebow-type, and the number of spread-worshippers grows by the month. New Auburn offensive coordinator
Michigan's Rodriguez, one of the spread's founding fathers, said last week that competition for dual-threat quarterbacks on the recruiting trail has grown fierce and could only get worse.
"A lot of people are looking for those guys now, even some of the teams that don't traditionally run the spread," Rodriguez said. "They're telling those guys, 'We'll change the offense if you come here.' "
No one has offered to change their offense for Jeff McVaney, but football's latest fad has opened more eyes, and, he hopes, more doors. McVaney, a left-handed pitcher with a 91-mph fastball who hopes to play two sports in college, believes Tebow's success helped him get noticed.
"I started talking to more people," McVaney said. "Tebow is helping the guys that play like me."