You’ve got to admit this is impressive.
No quarterback in the SEC the past three seasons has been hit as many times as Tebow. It’s not even close. In his last two seasons alone, he’s had 386 rushing attempts.
That’s right, 386 attempts.
The only current running back in the SEC who has carried the ball more during that span is Mississippi State’s Anthony Dixon, who has 484 rushing attempts over the past two seasons.
But everything comes with a cost.
Tebow revealed to reporters Monday that he injured his right (non-throwing) shoulder in the opener last season against Hawaii and had to have painkilling injections before games the rest of the way. He had surgery on his shoulder in January.
Skip the Mel Kiper-like qualms about his skill set and skip the whole how-will-spread-option-quarterbacks-do-in-the-NFL concern – how much effect will this sort of unprecedented wear and tear on an SEC quarterback have on his draft status?
It’s not something that taking a few snaps under center is going to change, either.