Ah, yes… Dawg fans, prepare for the victory to be cheapened with the “Tebow was hurt” non-excuse excuse. Here’s the drill:
… Tebow was also in physical pain. The right shoulder contusion suffered the previous week against Kentucky prevented Florida’s Heisman Trophy candidate from running the ball effectively against the Bulldogs.
“He’s hurting,” Gators coach Urban Meyer said of Tebow’s shoulder. “He won’t tell you. He keeps saying, ‘I’m fine, I’m fine. I’m fine.’ “
Tebow even admitted afterward his shoulder was in pain.
“It bothered me a little bit,” Tebow said. “You’re going to have bumps and bruises throughout the year.”
This was a big bruise for Tebow. Making his first start in his hometown, Tebow rushed 13 times for negative-15 yards and was sacked six times. Tebow had only been sacked five times all season entering Saturday’s game.
“Georgia did a good job of mixing up their blitzes,” Tebow said. “I should have done a better job of making better protection calls and get the ball out. Something we’re going to have to work on.”
For most of this season, though, Tebow has been able to avoid sacks by using his legs to run when protection breaks down. That didn’t happen against Georgia.
“Tim wasn’t as mobile as he’s been,” Meyer said.
Asked if the injury was something Tebow will have to deal with the rest of the season, Meyer answered, “I don’t know.”
Tebow’s inability to run changed Meyer’s gameplan “a little bit,” the coach said. But it seemed to change it a lot. Tebow’s first true rush occurred in the final minute of the first half…
I should note that Tebow himself is too classy a kid to use this as an excuse.
As for the injury’s cause, what do you expect, when you’ve got your QB responsible for 73% of your offensive plays? And have him averaging almost 18 carries a game? I’m impressed the kid has held up as well as he has.
Anyway, unless Tebow was prepared to play both ways on Saturday, I doubt his full health would have slowed Knowshon down much. Florida’s regular linebackers sure didn’t.