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October 22, 2007 5:26 PM

The Ultimate Weapon

Saturday’s matchup of Florida versus Kentucky pitted two players that mean more to their teams than probably any other players in college football. Kentucky’s quarterback, Andre’ Woodson, and Florida’s quarterback, Tim Tebow, both showed they are great leaders and elite players that will make an impact on the next level. But, Tim Tebow is by far the biggest weapon in college football.

Florida’s entire offense revolves around Tim Tebow. He accounts for 73% of the Gators offense, either through rushing or passing yards. Tebow can bench 400 pounds. Well, to be fair, no one knows exactly how much Tebow can bench. The coaches at Florida won’t allow him to bench more than 400 pounds. He can take on any safety and most linebackers and usually win. Early in the 3rd quarter against Kentucky, Tebow took off from the shotgun and took on two safeties (415 pounds combined), he hit them head on and drove them back three yards and would have pushed them both back for a 5-yard touchdown if a third Wildcat hadn’t come over to help out. Tebow has rushed for 578 yards and that’s against the SEC that has some of the best defenses in the nation.

Because of his ability to run the ball, defenses must respect him as a dual threat. How many times have you seen a quarterback play-action fake to himself? Well, twice Tebow did this quite effectively, and the second time put the game away. The first time put the Gators up 14-7 when Tebow leaned forward then pulled back and fired a perfect pass to Louis Murphy for a 66-yard touchdown. The second time came with just over 2 minutes remaining in the game. Tebow looked left, dipped his shoulder as if to run, then went deep down the right sideline to Percy Harvin for 40 yards down to the 2-yard line. All it takes is the slightest movement by Tebow and the defense has to respect the run. The very next play Tebow ran it in from 2 yards out. It was his 8th straight game with both a rushing and passing touchdown. But, even when it looks like he can’t possibly pass the ball the defense still needs to respect the pass. With under 20 seconds left in the first half, Florida set up in a run formation and Tebow did what only he does; the jump pass touchdown. He hit Aaron Hernandez for the 1-yard touchdown.

Tebow can do it all and more. His final line was 18 for 26 for 256 yards and four touchdowns, and he rushed for 78 yards and one touchdown. Tebow got a lot of hype last season behind Chris Leak, but many wondered if he could handle the load all by himself. Turns out he can handle the load at quarterback and running back. Tebow is only a sophomore and already has become the most exciting player in college football. In early September, Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, predicted Tebow would win multiple Heisman’s and go down as one of the best college football player’s ever. At the time this seemed like hyperbole, but having seen Tebow multiple times now I believe the hype.

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