Tebow’s TD caps week of rookie NFL debuts

By Adam Silverstein
August 15, 2010

With no time remaining in the game, Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Tim Tebow rushed toward the endzone and would eventually score his first touchdown as a professional, though his team still fell 33-24 to the Cincinnati Bengals. Nevertheless, it was an exciting play to end a week in which many of the former Florida Gators selected in the 2010 NFL Draft were able to see the field in preseason action. Here is a short synopsis of how they fared in their respective professional debuts.

QB TIM TEBOW, Denver Broncos
Passing: 8-of-13 for 105 yards (8.1 avg., 87.0 QB rating)
Rushing: Two carries for 10 yards, one touchdown

CB JOE HADEN, Cleveland Browns
Defense: Three solo tackles, one pass defended
Kick returning: One attempt for 34 yards

G MAURKICE POUNCEY, Pittsburgh Steelers
No statistics to record.

Defense: Did not play – concussion

DE CARLOS DUNLAP, Cincinnati Bengals
Game 1: Did not play – concussion
Game 2: One tackle

LB BRANDON SPIKES, New England Patriots
Defense: Eight tackles (one solo) [team-high]

S MAJOR WRIGHT, Chicago Bears
Defense: Seven tackles (six solo)

TE AARON HERNANDEZ, New England Patriots
Receiving: Three receptions for 26 yards (long 21)
Rushing: One carry for six yards

WR RILEY COOPER, Philadelphia Eagles
Receiving: Three receptions for 61 yards (long 46) [team-high]

WR DAVID NELSON, Buffalo Bills
Receiving: Five receptions for 47 yards team-highs], one touchdown

KR BRANDON JAMES, Indianapolis Colts
Kick returning: Four attempts for 99 yards (avg. 24.8, long 28)
Punt returning: One attempt for five yards
Receiving: One reception for two yards


  1. Craig says:

    This is the best website ever! Awesome rundown of NFL Preseason Week1. Can’t wait for Week 2.


  2. SC Gator says:

    Indeed, today reminds us that it’s great to be a Florida Gator.

  3. Gio Showtime says:

    this has to be the best site for gator sports.. hands down

  4. Jaime says:

    McShay and Kiper can officially bite it. We cheered so loudly our dogs started howling and cheering with us!

  5. Gatorbuc15 says:


    As usual, Tebow destroys a couple of defenders as he gets into the end zone. Did people really expect anything less out this man just because he’s in the NFL now? Tebow is, and will always be, a SUPERBEAST!

  6. John Shanks says:

    Thanks for the great post, it’s hard to get defensive numbers. Gators had a really strong showing this week. I didn’t see Spikes or Wright, but the stats are incredible especially Spikes. Glad that Tim got that last series. He’s not there yet, but he was certainly better than I thought he’d be. Quinn is really bad though, as is the Broncos second string left tackle…wow. Unfortunately Orton looked like a stud. Reggie Nelson also showed up, and Derrick Harvey did alright. Good week.

  7. OrangeBlueGator says:

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  8. GATOR CREW says:

    OGGOA is the best!!!! I check this site 4-5 times a day…..I know that if anything related to the University of Florida is going on in the world, Adam will have the info on it….Great job Adam!!!!!!!!

  9. Daniel M. says:

    Very exciting to See Tim-MAY under center in the league last night. He blew up two guys on his way into the endzone. Just another day at the office.

    Tim is still dropping the ball way too low when he throws.

  10. gatorgrad79 says:

    OGGOA is on alert to my crackberry – every time you post I stop and get my Gator fix. Thanks for feeding my addiction.

  11. caligator says:

    Go Timmy Go!

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