FOUR BITS: Dodd on Gators and Crimson Tide; Hogs without WR(s); recruit denies UF

By Adam Silverstein
October 13, 2009

1 » CBSSports.com senior writer Dennis Dodd has been busy over the last few days writing about the No. 1 Florida Gators and No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide. On Sunday, Dodd explained that Florida senior quarterback Tim Tebow stood out even while he was not as featured in the game like normal. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert, whose knee was ultimately what concussed Tebow against the Kentucky Wildcats, provided the most interesting portion of the article. Gilbert never questioned if Tebow would play against the LSU Tigers. “You going to be ready to go?” Gilbert asked Tebow a day after his concussion. “Yup,” Tebow replied. “He told me he was going to go the next day,” Gilbert said. “I believed him. That’s Tebow, man. Nothing can bring Tebow down.”

2 » Dodd also looked at Alabama, saying they are the country’s true No. 1 team right now, citing things like urgency, revenge and motive. Unfortunately, none of those things will win you “Alabama is No. 1 because it is boring, balanced and, in the end, brilliant,” Dodd said. But no matter who is No. 1, history is not kind to the BCS front-runners when the first poll is released (Sunday). “The first BCS rankings are an early indicator of success, sure, but they can also be a curse,” he said. “Only once in the previous 11 years have the top two teams in the first set of rankings played in the BCS title game.”

3 » Onto this week, as the Gators are facing tough competition in the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Hogs are dealing with some issues of their own – namely at wide receiver. Leading receiver Joe Adams suffered a mild stroke last week and is expected to remain out against Florida. But head coach Bobby Petrino is getting some talent back as Lucas Miller and London Crawford (who both broke their collarbone in August and September, respectively) are healed and returned to the team last week against the Auburn Tigers. Jarius Wright, the team’s leading yards-per-reception pass catcher, suffered a concussion last week in the first quarter, yet Arkansas expects him to play Saturday against the Gators. A maximum six days rest compared to Tebow’s 13 and nobody is up in arms about this?

4 » Clearwater Countryside junior offensive tackle Tyler Moore, one of the top offensive linemen in the country, has decided where he wants to play college football. Narrowing it down between the Gators and Nebraska Cornhuskers, many expected the Florida native to stay close to home. Instead, the 2011 recruit has picked the Cornhuskers over the Gators. “After watching [Nebraska] the last couple of years, I like where they’re going,” Moore said.

4 Comments

  1. Daniel M. says:

    Hiram de Fries. check out this story Gator fans. This guy has had an enormous impact on Gator football success.

    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/content/sports/epaper/2009/01/03/0103gatorguru.html

    You thought I was losing my mind huh Adam? Have you ever heard of him? Didn’t think so.

  2. I *think* I may have read about that after the National Championship game. I say *think* because I do not remember – though it certainly sounds familiar. Very interesting.

  3. Gatorfan33 says:

    Bama #1???? While they are not only a good team but imposing on both sides of the ball they do not deserve to be #1 just days after we won a game against the #4 team in the nation. Where is the logic in that kind of thinking?

  4. G8orballboy says:

    I worked for the team and Hiram is an AWESOME guy! The man is brilliant and is a great mentor and will talk to and help anyone, including the lowly managers 😛

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