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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Finally, when the next moron questions whether Tim Tebow can throw or not, you have some game tape to show off.

Yes, I'm aware Tebow's 300-yard passing performance came against a team that spent last season as a member of Division I-AA, but it really doesn't matter.

If Tebow can hit a wide-open receiver in stride, as he did more than once Saturday, it makes no difference what defense he's playing against - the man can pass.

Yes, other defenses will force him to make quicker decisions and throw into tighter spaces. However, for some reason, Tebow's critics have spent less time questioning him in that regard and more time critiquing his ability to throw a spiral.

Still, I guess if Tebow's high school passing records in the nation's greatest state for high school talent weren't evidence enough for some people, a game against Western Kentucky might not be either.

When Tebow shows off his arm against Tennessee, all the national television guys will point to the game as Tebow's coming out party as a passer.

And when that happens, the Tebow hype is going to go through the roof.

The national media already loves Tebow, who has essentially become college football's Golden Boy.

Think about it.

On the field, he is the ultimate hustle player and a guy who is breaking all the stereotypes for quarterbacks.

He can bench press more than some NFL defensive linemen and his teammates consider him the toughest and most competitive player on the team.

Nothing against former UF quarterback Chris Leak, but his teammates didn't have the same things to say about him.

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What's more exciting to watch than a quarterback running over 240-pound linebackers, juking defensive backs and then coming back to the huddle and tossing a 50-yard touchdown pass?

But what really makes Tebow such a media darling is his demeanor off the field.

One of my former colleagues used to joke about Leak being a robot because of his sterile responses to the media. But, I have to wonder if it's Tebow who is really equipped with an on/off switch.

As soon as he removes his jersey, that aggressive mean streak completely dissolves, and you have to question whether you are talking to the same person.

He is soft-spoken, kind, polite, and, to be quite honest, a little dorky. He addresses most members of the media as "sir" and "ma'am," and he smiles so much it's like a Botox injection gone wrong.

Throw in the fact that he's a devout Christian who has spent more time doing missionary work then most of us have doing homework, and you can see what I'm getting at.

By the way, considering how much the girls love him, it's a good thing Tebow has strong morals. In a given week, he probably dodges more women than he does linebackers.

Urban Meyer might claim that Cornelius Ingram is the "face of Florida football," but once Tebow proves to his doubters that he is legit, he will become the face of college football.

Not even Danny Wuerffel experienced the hype Tebow is about to receive. Think Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart at USC.

I hope you like looking at Tebow, because you are going to see his face on television screens and magazine covers an awful lot.

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