Tim Tebow practiced full speed today in pads with the Florida's first-team offense. Over the last week-and-a-half, there has been speculation on whether or not the former Heisman winner will be cleared to play Saturday at No. 4 LSU.
While Tebow has not yet been cleared for playing in Baton Rouge, he took a major step in the right direction.
Should Tebow not be able to go, redshirt sophomore John Brantley will step in to replace him. The No. 1 Gators have a lot of confidence in Brantley, but he has yet to take any meaningful snaps in his college career. Brantley has been running with the first team in Tebow's absence, and the coaches say that he has a total grasp of the offense. Head coach Urban Meyer claims that the offense will not change much should Brantley be at the helm.
If Brantley is the man on Saturday, he will be making his first ever college start in one of the most hostile settings in college football. The Tigers are currently riding a 32-game winning streak in Tiger Stadium at night.
The Gators coaching staff is not going to rush Tebow into a hostile game situation. There are still a few more benchmarks that Tebow needs to pass before being allowed to play in a game, and more will be revealed throughout the week.
As of right now, I'd say there is a good chance that Tebow is going to start this weekend. Even if he does not play, I think that the Gators have enough talent to win this game and stay undefeated.