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November 11, 2007
by Robbie Gillies
Dan Mullen has the easiest job in college football. Who is Dan Mullen? He’s the Offensive Coordinator and QB Coach of the Florida Gators. If an Offensive Coordinator could pick just one player in college football to have on their team, Tim Tebow would be that choice. In Florida’s 51-31 victory over South Carolina, Tebow threw for a career-high 304 yards and ran for 120, accounting for nearly 80% of the Gators total offense. When Urban Meyer learned on Friday that Percy Harvin would not play for the Gators, he knew he would have to lean on Tebow even more than he had the entire season. Tebow came through and continues to smash records.
Tim Tebow is like the college football version of Brett Favre. Every game they step on the field they are setting new records. This was Tebow’s 11th straight game with both a rushing and passing touchdown. He passed Danny Wuerffel’s SEC record of 41 total touchdowns in a season (Tebow now has 42). He came into the game tied for rushing touchdowns in a season by a Gator, but with 5 rushing touchdowns he has now shattered that record. And who’s record did he just shatter? How about Emmitt Smith.
Tebow is a one man wrecking crew. He’s averaging 325 yards per game, or 107 more yards than Notre Dame. Every game he has at least one run that you just never saw coming; Saturday he had two of those. On Florida’s first possession, on 3rd and 4 from South Carolina’s 5-yard line, Tebow looked to pass, but saw an opening up the middle and went straight in between four defenders for the score. Then, early in the 4th quarter, Tebow again took off from the 5-yard line and was met by two linebackers, but Tebow took the hit and drove forward for the final yard to get his 5th rushing touchdown of the game.
Tebow has put up big numbers and has carried Florida all year long. Sure, the Gators have three losses, but Tebow can hardly be blamed for those losses. He had a poor performance in their most recent loss to Georgia, but he was playing with an injured shoulder, which severely limited his ability to run and Georgia is playing extremely well right now. Tebow is becoming the first quarterback to do so many things and set so many records, but there should be at least one more first for him; the first sophomore to win the Heisman trophy.