Florida Gators Breaking News: Tim Tebow Returns to Practice in Full Pads

James WalkerAnalyst IIOctober 6, 2009

LEXINGTON, KY - SEPTEMBER 26: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators warms up prior to the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on September 26, 2009 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Breaking news: Tim Tebow has returned to practice today in full pads.  Obviously, the doctors have cleared Tebow, and now we must wait for Coach Urban Meyer to officially declare him the starter Saturday night.

Barring any setbacks, you can bet that Tebow will start at LSU in Baton Rouge.  As long as his health is not in jeopardy, I want Tebow to start so there are no excuses if the Gators lose.

If the Gators do lose, you can bet there will be Gators fans claiming that Tebow is still suffering from the effects of the concussion and that he wasn’t at his best.   Let me be the first to say that, if the Gators do lose, it will have nothing to do with one individual; it will be because the team did not perform.

I think the Gators would win with Tebow or John Brantley at quarterback.   Have you seen how LSU played their last two games against Mississippi State and Georgia?  LSU will have to greatly improve on both sides of the ball if they want to have a chance against the No. 1 team in the nation.

The biggest question of the game will be how Tebow bounces back after the concussion suffered against Kentucky.  I’m guessing that Tebow will be his normal self, but it will take a series or two before he is 100% comfortable in the pocket or running the ball.

Most defenders attempt to tackle Tebow by wrapping up his legs, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they go at his upper body to shake him up a bit.  Will Tebow lower his shoulders like he normally does, or will the concussion compel him to run more upright?

Also, when he does drop back to pass, will he get a sudden case of happy feet?   Will he look at one receiver, and then simply take off running before possibly getting sacked, or will he remain calm and check down to his second or third receiver?

These are the questions that will be answered once the game starts.   Tebow is entering into uncharted territory coming off his first concussion, and it will be very interesting to watch how it affects his game play.

I have no doubt that Tebow will revert to his normal "bull in a china shop" style, and attempt to run over any defender that is standing between him and the end zone.  LSU better be prepared, because Tebow may think he has something to prove and dial it up a notch or two.