Tebow Made Impression On Chapman

Alabama linebacker Cory Reamer was answering questions from sportswriters Monday when Crimson Tide quarterback John Parker Wilson walked by. Reamer seemed to speak to Wilson as much as the reporters in making an observation about Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.



"Tim Tebow is a real tough guy," Reamer said with a smile. "He doesn't slide."

That drew a look from Wilson, who is under orders to slide or get out of bounds rather than take a hit when he has to run the ball.

Reamer and Wilson have not played against Tebow, the junior who won a Heisman Trophy last year. But Josh Chapman, who followed Wilson and Reamer at Hoover High School in Birmingham and on to Alabama, has. And Tebow made an impression.

In 2005, Hoover hosted Tebow's Nease High School team of St. Augustine, Fla., to open the season, and the Alabama team won the nationally televised contest.

"I remember Tebow," Chapman said. "He's a great player and a great leader. He does some great things. He did the same things in high school. I remember it was hot and he was in top-notch shape. He came at us every play."

"It was close for awhile, but we pulled away in the second half."

Chapman, who alternates at nose tackle with Terrence Cody for the Crimson Tide, and Tebow will face off again Saturday with the Southeastern Conference championship and a shot at the national title on the line.

Alabama, 12-0 and ranked number one in the nation, will face Florida, 11-1, in the SEC Championship Game in the GeorgiaDome in Atlanta at 4 p.m. EST (3 p.m. central time) with national television coverage by CBS. The winner is expected to go to the BCS championship game on Jan. 8 in Miami, the loser to the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 in New Orleans.

Chapman said that Alabama practices (being held in the indoor practice facility to simulate some of the dome atmosphere for Saturday) have gone "pretty good."

He said Florida is a "great team with a lot of packages," but said Alabama's philosophy would be the same as it is against any offense.

"It isn't confusing," he said. "It's basic football. We have to attack. Any offense we go against will be disrupted if we can get penetration (on the line of scrimmage)."

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