FOUR BITS: Tim Tebow may return Wednesday

By Adam Silverstein
October 6, 2009

1 » Tim Tebow, star quarterback of the No. 1 Florida Gators, is scheduled to be held out of practice for the second consecutive day this week, a source close to the team told OGGOA. Reports state Tebow attended practice yesterday as a spectator and continues to be asymptomatic following a concussion suffered during Florida’s 41-7 win over the Kentucky Wildcats on Sept. 26. Should Tebow continue to show progress throughout the day, I predict we will see him on return to practice in an active role on Wednesday.

With that being said, Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post made an interesting report today. Apparently, UF officials believe even if Tebow is medically cleared to play Saturday, he will sit and back-up John Brantley will start in his place.

2 » Running backs coach Kenny Carter made some interesting comments regarding Tebow’s playing status for Saturday night’s game against No. 4 LSU Tigers. “It’s rather presumptive to think that Tim’s not playing,” Carter said. “He may be playing.” Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald reiterated that Carter said the team was doing its best to get him ready to go for the game. “When you have a concussion, they have to do tests and make sure you’re ready to go,” Carter said. “I’m very confident. He’s Tim Tebow. All I know is he’s Tim Tebow, and my money is on him.”

3 » While no players were officially classified as H1N1 swine flu cases, the bug that ran rampant through the Gators locker room over the last few weeks seems to have dissipated for the time being. According to Jeremy Fowler of the Orlando Sentinel, the only remaining Florida player with a bug is freshman offensive lineman Nick Alajajian. The team has no plans to take separate planes to Baton Rouge, LA, later this week, and the Gators trainers are eagerly awaiting the government-issued H1N1 vaccine when it is released in the next month or two.

4 » Head coach Urban Meyer continues shows respect and support for Florida State Seminoles head coach Bobby Bowden, who is seemingly walking the plank with his own boosters and trustees. “I have great respect for coach Bowden, and we’ve become pretty good friends,” Meyer said Monday. “It’s the nature of the beast. It’s not the positive part of this coaching profession. There are so many positives, and that’s the back end of the negative. I just have a lot of respect for him.” Since Meyer took the Florida job, the Gators are 4-0 against Bowden and the Seminoles, beating them by a combined score of 90-27 in the last two games.

5 Comments

  1. ZURBO says:

    They shouldnt have Tebow backing up anybody! If he is cleared to play, THEN YOU PLAY HIM! I personally would like to see brantley start, but if TT is cleared to play then you have to start him.

  2. The problem is that the national media has put an immense amount of pressure on Urban Meyer. If he plays Tebow on a questionable amount of rest and he gets seriously injured, the entire program could go down the toilet. Parents won’t feel their kids are safe with him, the team will be trashed in the media, etc. It is possible that Tebow’s injury is bigger than even Tebow.

  3. ZURBO says:

    Well, if we are in a real jam and he decides to put tebow in because you are basically saying we need the running game back in the QB position. If he does that and TT gets hurt then we are equally screwed even if he spot plays him. Its a lose-lose situation if urban plays him in my opinion. I think les miles has a lot of work to do this week anyways. We had 2 weeks to prepare for this game, plus everyone on our team looks like they are healthy again (besides the obvious).

  4. I agree. If he is going to play at all – he should start.

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