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Striking Gold: What Scott Loeffler Brings To UF

MIAMI - JANUARY 08:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators looks to pass the ball during the FedEx BCS National Championship Game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Alex HancockContributor IApril 15, 2009

Tim Tebow may be an NFL quarterback after all. After many naysayers (I'm looking at you Mel Kiper) who said that the only way Tebow will see the field on the pro level is at tight end or fullback, the man who may prove all them wrong has arrived. This man is no other than Scott Loeffler, the renowned QB coach who coached numerous Michigan quarterbacks to the NFL including Tom Brady, Chad Henne, and Brian Griese. Although he spent last season trying to teach Dan Olversky, or whatever his name, is to not step out of the end zone for a safety to seal a loss, Loeffler is on campus at UF and has already earned high praises for his teachings. Tebow as well as backup John Brantley, who is playing as well as ever, have noticeably improved on their throwing abilities. For one, I think you'll be saying goodbye to those wobbly Tebow passes and get used to him throwing spirals. Tebow has shown much more zip on his throws and although he still has a slow release, I can see his NFL prospects improving dramatically. When Urban Meyer first met Loeffler to offer some advice to his new quarterbacks coach on how to handle Tebow, the message was pretty simple. "Coach Meyer said just don't screw him up," Scot Loeffler said. The main idea of bringing him in is to make Tebow "NFL ready" as well as making the system more ideal to blue chip quarterback prospects with dreams of making the NFL one day. This should definitely help out in future recruiting, as basically all quarterbacks want to properly prepared for the NFL. However, there is some concern over fixing what isn't broken. Just remember, the offensive system under Mullen won two national championships as well as earning Tebow a Heisman. So Loeffler's goal is to make the Florida offense more pro friendly while not affecting the production whatsoever. This should be something to watch for the 2009 season. Look for positive results and for Tebow's NFL stock to rise under the tutelage of Loeffler.

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