Florida FB: Tim Tebow Time in Gator Country
Last year, Tim Tebow was a running threat for Florida.
This year, without Chris Leak, the Gators have turned to Tebow as the leader of the offense.
He hasn't disappointed.
Some critics questioned Tebow's ability as a passer. So far, he's proven them flat wrong.
Before every game, the Gators gather around their quarterback, who leads them in a clapping drill. According to Urban Meyer, the drill builds unity.
"If a team is together it sounds like a pop, if it’s not together, it sounds like a bunch of firecrackers," the coach said. "That’s the sign of a bad football team."
When Tebow first led the drill before Florida's opener against Western Kentucky, he didn’t have the team together.
“I looked at him and said ‘What the hell are you doing?’” Meyer said.
Thankfully, the young QB would do better on the field.
Tebow led the Gators to an impressive 49-3 win over the Hilltoppers. He went 13 for 17 with 300 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran the ball eight times for 38 yards and a TD.
The following week, Tebow led the Gators to a 59-31 win over the Troy Trojans, completing 18 of 25 attempts for 236 yards and three TDs, and logging 17 carries for 93 yards and two scores.
Not a bad start—and things only got better.
Tebow's first true test came against the Tennessee Volunteers in the Gators' SEC opener. Tebow sparked a high-powered Gator offense to a stunning 59-20 victory, going 14-19 for 299 yards and two TDs and adding 61 yards and two more scores on the ground.
Tebow was asked after the game whether he felt like he'd silenced his critics.
His response was a humble one.
“I wasn’t really worried about that, we just came out and played our game and did what we came to do,” the quarterback said. “Our coaches did a great job calling the game. It seemed like every play that our offensive coordinator called was perfect against the defense they were running.”
Week Four found the Gators on the road at Mississippi, where they'd never won a game. Tebow was unfazed, putting the Gators on his back en route to a 30-24 win. He accounted for four scores—two with his arm, two with his legs—and accumulated more than 400 yards of total offense.
The question now is whether Tebow and the Gators can keep it up. They play Auburn this week before facing the No. 2 LSU Tigers.
Matt Flynn and Co. will be looking to cement their ranking with a win. If the Gators prevail, though, Florida could be looking at another national championship repeat, this time in football.
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