Tim Tebow joining ABC’s Good Morning America

Still unsigned and unwanted by NFL teams entering the second week of the 2014 regular season, former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow by doubling down on his television duties and joining ABC‘s Good Morning America as a regular contributor.

Already an analyst for ESPN and the SEC Network, with a prominent weekly role on the latter’s SEC Nation pre-game show, Tebow will start at ABC on Monday, Sept. 15 as GMA launches a brand new segment, “Motivate Me Mondays.”

From the ABC press release:

The first-ever college sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy will help launch GMA’s “Motivate Me Monday” series, featuring individuals and their amazing stories of triumph. Tebow will appear in studio and live on location in towns across America with a wide-range of reports that motivate and inspire.

Monday will not be Tebow’s first appearance on the program. He sat in as a guest host on Jan. 31 and joined Robin Roberts for a one-on-one interview back in 2012.

TWO BITS: Robinson hype, Florida’s future

1 » Offering up some observations ahead of the 2014-15 college basketball campaign, CBSSports.com‘s Jon Rothstein opened up his most recent column by spotlighting five-star forward Devin Robinson (Christchurch, VA) and the impact he is likely to have on the Florida Gators this season.

1. Florida’s Devin Robinson is being undervalued nationally

We’re about three weeks away from the start of practice and it feels like Devin Robinson isn’t even scheduled to play this season. Many people including myself have hyped — and with good reason — the incoming freshmen at Kentucky (Karl Towns, Trey Lyles, Tyler Ulis, Devon Booker) but when you watch Robinson play you’ll realize that he doesn’t just have a chance to be one of the best freshmen in the SEC. He has a chance to be one of the best freshmen in the country. Blessed with freakish length at 6-feet-8 along with a terrific second jump, the Virginia native is the type of high-level athlete that has a chance to immediately start for the Gators in his first year of college basketball. Versatile enough to play either forward spot, Robinson has big-time upside and is only scratching the surface of where he’ll be in a few seasons. Long, active, and always around the ball, this is the type of player that Billy Donovan will use to guard multiple positions on defense for as long as he’s in Gainesville. Think Devin Ebanks with more offense.

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Snell’s Slant: Good to see the Gators fight again

By Shannon Snell – OnlyGators.com Featured Columnist

How many people, fans of the Florida Gators or not, would have correctly predicted that this team would score over 60 points in one game, any game, this season? For those of you with your hands up, please put them down and quit lying to yourselves.

As an offensive player, I could not help but get excited when seeing the offensive explosion that happened on Saturday. Hell, it has felt like a decade since we have seen this Florida team completely dominate an opponent offensively. Yes, that opponent was Eastern Michigan, which also happened to be outmatched in every other phase of the game, but it was still evident the Gators were firing on nearly all their cylinders.

Over the last few days, plenty of friends and family have asked me why Florida would schedule such an inept team, what one can truly take away from a game like that and how it could help the Gators move forward this season.

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The Silver Lining for Wednesday, September 10: Gators lose J.C. Jackson for season

Gators lose two for season

It may be two weeks into the season, but Florida has already lost two starters – one for the season – as well as a potential future starter after just one game.

Head coach Will Muschamp announced Tuesday that freshman cornerback J.C. Jackson will miss the remainder of the 2014 campaign after re-aggravating a shoulder injury he brought with him to UF from high school.

“J.C. Jackson will have surgery on his shoulder next week, a labrum issue that had in high school that was repaired and continues to slip out,” Muschamp explained.

“He possibly could continue to push through the season, but we felt like at his young age, [it makes sense to] just try to get it fixed and move forward. A guy who was certainly was going to help on special teams and at corner [and] is going to be outstanding player. Disappointed for him, but we’ve got to move forward.”

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Rainey joins Cardinals, reflects on Colts exit

Florida Gators running back Chris Rainey hopes to take advantage of his third chance to stick with an NFL franchise after the Arizona Cardinals signed the much-maligned rusher and returner to their practice squad on Tuesday.

Rainey arrived in Arizona on Saturday, believing he had an opportunity to get signed to the roster after the Cardinals’ first game. Instead, the team was forced to replace their starting punter, who suffered a groin injury, and signed Drew Butler one day before its season-opener on Monday night.

After the game, Rainey learned that Arizona still wanted to bring him in to an open position on their practice squad. He was just happy for the opportunity.

“I really didn’t care. I didn’t care if they put me on the active roster or the practice squad. ‘As long as I’m here,’ that’s what I told them. I just wanted to be here,” he said in a phone conversation with OnlyGators.com on Tuesday night. “They wanted me, so I came back, and now I’m here.”

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9/9: Kurt Roper wants Florida Gators offense to stay humble, be careful, speed up

Florida Gators offensive coordinator Kurt Roper and a couple of his players met with the media on Tuesday to provide some thoughts on Florida’s first game and the Gators’ upcoming contest against the Kentucky Wildcats, which is set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

KEEPING THEIR HEADS

Florida’s offense exploded on Saturday to the tune of 65 points and 655 yards of total offense, though Roper was not necessarily surprised by the performance.

“Yeah, that’s not easy to do,” he said. “I think as coaches what you look at [are] the things that you have to improve on. Obviously it’s nice to win and score that many points and all that but there’s so many things to correct that that’s what sticks on your brain as a coach. We’ve got to be better here or it’s going to create some issues.”

As a coach, Roper is used to keeping his head and not letting his players get too far into the clouds after stellar performances. On Tuesday, he explained exactly how he goes about doing that on a weekly basis.

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Kentucky’s Stoops preparing for test at Florida

The Kentucky Wildcats appear to be trending upward under second-year head coach Mark Stoops. Currently sitting at 2-0 with a 59-14 win over Tennessee-Martin in Week 1 and a 20-3 victory against Ohio in Week 2, Kentucky is not only 33rd nationally in scoring offense (39.5 points) but sixth in the country in scoring defense (8.5 points).

With the Florida Gators (1-0) on deck Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida, Stoops spent a large portion of his Monday afternoon press conference discussing the Gators and the difficult task his team has ahead of it this weekend.

The below quotes are courtesy of a transcript from The Courier-Journal, which has more from Stoops on Florida and his Kentucky team entering its third game of the season:

On how the Gators have impressed him on tape: “Just the typical Florida team: physical, with a bunch of athletes out there. Very fast, very well-coached. They’re very aggressive defensively. They’re much improved offensively. Obviously, they racked up a whole boat load of yards.”

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TWO BITS: Bullard as Mr. Two Bits, Purifoy settled

1 » The Florida Gators on Tuesday announced that former defensive end Thaddeus Bullard, now competing in WWE as superstar Titus O’neil, will don the celebratory yellow shirt and orange-and-blue tie when he performs as Mr. Two-Bits for Saturday night’s game against the Kentucky Wildcats. “Going out there and trying to be as good as Errict Rhett and Danny Wuerffel, now that’ll be the challenge,” he told the school’s website. “I’m a competitive guy, so I want to make sure mine is just as memorable when I do it. I don’t know what it is I’m going to do, but by the time Saturday gets here I will definitely have figured it out.” Check out OnlyGators.com‘s interview with Bullard/O’Neil from last March.

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