Tim Tebow plays linebacker, too?

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.

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12 responses to “Tim Tebow plays linebacker, too?

  1. We didn’t lose because of our offense (although that fumble at the end contributed to it). We lost because our defense has been suspect all year and yesterday it wasn’t suspect at all. It was proven to be a fraud.

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  2. Agree completely. This morning I said, “Their offensive game plan wasn’t limited because Tebow got hurt. Their offense was limited because Meyer hasn’t recruited or developed a running back that can keep Tebow from having to carry the ball 17.9 times per game…so that he can stay healthy.”

    Tebow getting banged up was inevitable. You can’t QB in the SEC against some of the biggest, fastest dudes in college football and not expect to get banged up when faced with that much contact.

    Even if you are enormous.

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  3. Ally

    I don’t recall gaytor fans saying they won because Shockley was out! WTF?
    Their D sucked and their O line couldn’t stop our D. Period – end of story.
    My God, our 2 senior RB’s are out on injury. Do they realize Knowshon (aka the new Superman) is a freshman? Do they realize we start true freshman on our O line?
    Enough with the excuses. Stop your bitching gaytors! You lost.
    We won… decidedly, fairly, and because we were the better team that day.
    Here’s to a new trend. Go Dawgs!

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  4. Ally

    And another thing…if he was so damned hurt why was he playing?
    If you’re hurt enough to use it as an excuse to lose, then you shouldn’t be on the field.

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  5. Newt

    Don’t really care. I do care about enjoying this victory though. Check out this hilarious bumpersticker. “Honk if you sacked Tebow!” Just hilarious. Being able to taunt the gators while driving around the ATL… priceless. Just go to ebay and type in “Tebow sacked” or use the link below. Go Dawgs!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=150176829352&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT

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  6. it wasn’t at that link… had to search for it. type in ‘honk tebow’ on ebay search. got one.

    here’s the link that works…

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Honk-If-You-Sacked-Tebow-Bumper-Sticker_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ50449QQihZ005QQitemZ150176894944QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW

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  7. and oh yeah,
    it’s called football.

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  8. Li’l miss Ally sure is funny. I wonder what’s get her panties in such a knot. Hey sweety, you won the game. Save the self-righteous indignation for when you lose. Nobody in their right mind is blaming Tebow for the loss. And QBs get hurt in football. It’s part of the game. You can be a pocket passer with the best RB and O-Line in the game and get concussed on any given play.

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  9. Florida had two bad fumbles in the first half, had 1st and 10 at the UGA 30 and sacked its way back to punting, and had a wide open Ingram over the middle in the second half for a score that Tebow just overthrew. The opportunities on offense were there regardless of everything else that happened in the game.

    That said, it was the defense that cost Florida, not Tebow’s shoulder. Scoring 30 should be enough to beat Georgia, based on the Dawgs’ performances against South Carolina and Tennessee.

    I haven’t seen anyone reputable trying to suggest that Tebow’s injury cost UF the game, the article you linked to included. It said that it prevented him from being more mobile, which in turn prevented him from dodging sacks like he has done the rest of the season. Nowhere does it say that the overriding factor in the loss was Tebow’s bruised shoulder.

    And Paul, Urban Meyer has recruited plenty of running backs. Three of the top five (Mon Williams, Bo Williams, and Chris Rainey) are lost for the season to injury. That leaves Moore, 5′ 6″ Brandon James, and Chevon Walker (who has been in Urban’s doghouse since he got to campus). That’s why so many so many carries are by receivers and the quarterback.

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  10. 911doc

    agree with you henry

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  11. I haven’t seen anyone reputable trying to suggest that Tebow’s injury cost UF the game, the article you linked to included. It said that it prevented him from being more mobile, which in turn prevented him from dodging sacks like he has done the rest of the season. Nowhere does it say that the overriding factor in the loss was Tebow’s bruised shoulder.

    You’re reading way too much into what I wrote, year2.

    This isn’t about assigning primary blame for the loss, it’s about cheapening the win – “Georgia’s lucky they played Florida when Tebow was hurt”. If you don’t think I heard that a few times after the game walking back to my car, you’re kidding yourself.

    That’s why I referred to it as a “non-excuse excuse”.

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  12. I get it now, Senator. And you’re right, that’s dumb.

    Florida was lucky in 2005 to play Georgia without D.J. Shockley. This year? Turnovers and bad defense cost the Gators the game, not anything Tebow did or didn’t do.

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