Tebow reprises one-man gang role in Gators' thumping of Seminoles
Florida's equipment staff gave
"I was feeling good," Tebow said after the Gators' 45-15 pasting of the Seminoles. "I didn't need to change too much. They made me change my socks, but that was about it."
It takes a secure man to wear a pink jersey. It also takes a secure man to sacrifice a historic Heisman Trophy to chase a championship. Tebow could have demanded more throws and more carries, and he probably would have run away with the Heisman and joined
national semifinal SEC Championship game next week against Alabama.
Check the stats. Barring a performance for the ages next week in Atlanta, Tebow doesn't stand a chance. He's run for 507 yards and 12 touchdowns and thrown for 2,299 yards and 25 touchdowns. Texas quarterback
Tebow admitted Saturday he thinks about winning the award. He just doesn't think about it enough to let it affect the Gators' volcanic offense.
"When I came to Florida, it was for championships," said Tebow, who ran for 23 touchdowns and threw for 32 more during his Heisman season. "Winning the Heisman was great. It was a lot of fun. It was a great award. But it's nothing compared to championships."
Besides, if Tebow can't win the Heisman, maybe he can win the Outland. His block of FSU safety
Just forget about the Biletnikoff, though. Tebow tried swapping places with receiver
But stats and award short lists don't tell the entire story. Ask Florida offensive coordinator
Tebow has learned to defer to Harvin or backs
Of course, when Gators coach
"I panicked before the game," Meyer said. "I was going to say, 'We're single-wing all the way.' [Mullen] said 'We can manage this thing.' And he did. And Tim did."
Tebow kept the Gators humming even after Harvin sprained his right ankle midway through the second quarter. Last year, an injury to Harvin would have made the Gators more one-dimensional than an episode of
"That kind of irritated me," Tebow said. "I really told Coach to just give me the ball, because I wanted to hit somebody extremely hard." Two plays after Harvin limped away, Tebow carried the entire FSU front seven into the end zone for a 4-yard score.
In spite of that play, it doesn't take a
Meyer and his staff stayed tight-lipped Saturday about Harvin's injury. Harvin hobbled from the locker room on crutches. He wore a boot on his right leg. Mullen hinted that Harvin doesn't need to practice to play. Meyer said the staff would know more Sunday.
If Harvin doesn't play against Alabama's stingy defense, the Gators may need a flashback to 2007 from Tebow. He may have to carry them the way he carried all those defenders for that second-quarter touchdown. And who knows, if he does, maybe it will vault him to a second consecutive Heisman.
"I don't have a vote, but I've got my quarterback," Meyer said. "I know that. ... He's my choice."
Said Florida guard
Of course, only one person on the field Saturday has his own Heisman vote. Early this season, he planned to cast that vote for McCoy. Now, he's not so sure.
"I don't know," Tebow said, smiling. "We'll see how next week goes."