The Return of Superman

Florida sophomore quarterback Tim Tebow set a new Southeastern Conference record for the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a season with 14. With three regular season games left, I would suspect that 3-5 more is attainable and 20 is not out of the question.

When you look at what the sophomore signal caller has accomplished in his brief career it is truly amazing.

Most rushing touchdowns in a season:

  • 19 - Garrison Hearst, 1992 (SEC Record)
  • 18 - Herschel Walker, 1981

    Most career rushing touchdowns:

  • 49 - Herschel Walker, 1980-82 (SEC Record)

    Where Tebow ranks in the SEC this year:

  • No. 10 rusher with 66.4 yards per game
  • No. 2 passer with 247.6 yards per game
  • No. 1 in total offense with 314.0 yards per game
  • No. 1 in pass efficiency with a 179.1 rating

    Tebow finished Saturday completing 22-of-27 for 281 yards passing and three touchdowns. He added 35 yards on six carries and two more touchdowns.

    Senior wide receiver Andre Caldwell had a career-high nine receptions for over 100 yards and two touchdowns. Mr. Electric Percy Harvin ended the day with 9 catches for 110 yards and added 11 carries for 113 yards and two touchdowns with an average of 10.3 per rush and averaged 12.2 per reception.

    What does it all mean? Get the ball in the hands of your playmakers. Head coach Urban Meyer said before the game, the staff wanted to get the ball to Harvin 12-15 times and he touched it 20 times. We can expect more of the same as the season winds down. When Tebow, Harvin and Caldwell are 100 percent healthy you will not find a more dangerous combination throughout the college football world.

    I loved the fact that the Gators did not come out and try to prove a point and run Tebow all day long. He looked great in the pocket and you can see his confidence growing when he stands in even under pressure.

    To truly get an idea of how dominating the Gators were on Saturday here is what the final numbers looked like for both teams...

  • FIRST DOWNS: UF, 29-15
  • RUSHING YARDS: UF, 210-93
  • YARDS PER CARRY: UF, 5.8-2.8
  • PASSING YARDS: UF, 288-162
  • TOTAL OFFENSE: UF, 498-255

    The Gators still have periods of time where the defense can't get the other team off the field. It did not matter in this one because the score was out of hand, but the Commodores held the ball for too long over the second and third quarters (UF: 8:22, VU: 21:38).

    The Gator defense played fast, aggressive and physical and it showed in the final numbers. The Commodores ended the day with 255 total yards on offense with 93 rushing and 162 passing. The Commodores averaged only 2.8 per carry on 33 rushing attempts and finished 18-of-35 passing with two interceptions.

    Brandon Spikes finished with a team high 14 tackles, but my game ball goes to big No. 55, Michael Pouncey. Pouncey did what any good defensive tackle is supposed to do and that's keep the offensive line off the linebackers so they can play downhill and make plays. That's exactly what took place in The Swamp on Saturday. It will be interesting to see the development of Pouncey on the defensive side of the ball.

    Wondy Pierre-Louis came down with a great interception in man coverage as did Joe Haden that was nullified because of a penalty. Spikes gets credit for the tipped ball where Cunningham came down with his interception.

    The stage is set for the Gators next Saturday night in Columbia, South Carolina. I love making predictions, so yes, I will make one now. Arkansas will upset Tennessee next Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in Knoxville and the Auburn Tigers will run at will between the hedges against the Georgia Bulldogs, which will set the stage for Meyer and the Florida Gators to take care of business against the Ole Ball Coach. That will move the Gators one step closer to returning to the Georgia Dome and avenge their loss to the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge.

    Questions or comments? Contact's Jason Higdon

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