… Here’s the short answer: Urban Meyer needs to Free Tebow. Florida’s spread offense (like most semi-conventional offenses) consists of three major parts: running, passing, and run-action passing. You know the other parts of offenses, too: pass-action running (draws), pass-action passing (screens), and other constraint plays that keep defenses honest. In manageable down and distance situations, Urban Meyer wants to force the defense to simultaneously defend against a smash-mouth old-school (pre-Wishbone era) power running from a single-wing tailback and deep passing routes.
In other words, if you want to sell the offense, you have to sell Tebow as a running threat.
… Unfortunately, the extensive hand-wringing of a fan base and coaching staff handling of their prodigy at “quarterback” has caused them to limit the use of Tebow’s best formation and play package in a vain attempt to develop a “running threat besides Tim Tebow.” So you don’t see the “pure power” package very often, except on the goal line (see his short touchdown run in the above clips from ’06 LSU game, for example).
My guess is that in the wake of the loss to Ole Miss, Meyer is going to say screw it to the preseason wisdom and get back to what worked before.