Tim Tebow is gobbling up postseason hardware like he chewed up opposing defenses. The Florida Gators’ quarterback, who became the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy this month, has been named the Associated Press college football Player of the Year. Tebow received 31 of a possible 58 votes to beat out Arkansas running back Darren McFadden (19 votes).
Rookie linebacker Patrick Willis earned what Niners fans hope is the first of many Pro Bowl trips when he was named a backup on the NFC roster. Willis will be joined by two Bay Area punters — teammate Andy Lee and Shane Lechler, who is the Raiders’ lone selection. Willis is the NFL’s leading tackler with 142 (although the team claims he has 190). Lee is third in average (48.3 yards) and leads the NFL in net average (42.4 yards), while Lechler is No. 2 in average (49.0) and net average (41.3).