The "System" Works

The Florida Gators ended with 537 yards of total offense and handed the Ole Ball Coach his fourth straight loss 51-31 to keep slim hopes alive of returning to the Georgia Dome.

Just when you thought you have seen it all from the sensational sophomore signal caller, Tim Tebow continues his assault on the record books continuing to impress Heisman voters across the country.

Tebow accounted for seven touchdowns, five rushing and 424 total yards. His five rushing touchdowns extended his Southeastern Conference touchdown record for quarterbacks in a single season. Tebow has scored at least one rushing touchdown in 11 consecutive, games which is also the longest streak in the nation.

Tim Tebow is tops in the SEC for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (19) and is closing in on the all-time record of (22) by quarterback Chance Harridge from Air Force, who set the record back in 2002.

SEC QB RUSHING TDs

  • 2007 Tim Tebow (Florida) – 19
  • 1983 John Bond (Mississippi St.) – 13
  • 1977 Derrick Ramsay (Kentucky) – 13
  • 1971 Andy Johnson (Georgia) - 13

    When Florida fans heard talk of Urban Meyer becoming the Gators' head coach the debate started, would the spread option work in the SEC. After an SEC Championship and a national title, the answer was yes.

    Even with all the accolades, most Gator fans were anxious to see how the offense would run with a guy who was born to run the spread option, and now they know. Tebow has done a wonderful job of managing the game and taking what the defense gives him. The spread option is designed to put extreme pressure on opposing defenses by creating space and angles for its playmakers and Tebow is the perfect fit.

    Without question the spread option attack works in the SEC, in fact you can see traces of the spread throughout the college football world. More and more teams are trying to spread you out and let the athletic ability of the quarterback make plays. The quarterback is the one position that is hard to account for on every single play throughout the entirety of a college football game. Running the spread, the Gators don't just throw the ball around, but they also can run the ball. They rank third in the SEC in total rushing (193.8 yards per game/30 TD) behind Arkansas (297.0/27) and LSU (220.2/27).

    Once you factor in the passing numbers this season, one starts to truly understand how special this offense can be. The Gators rank second in pass offense (256.4 yards per game/23 TD) behind Kentucky (268.7/29).

    Arkansas ranks No. 11 for passing in the SEC despite their No. 1 rushing rank, and likewise, LSU ranks No. 5. In case anyone needed further proof about this "System", the Gators are tops in the league in scoring at more than 40 points per game.

    For those that want to look to Percy Harvin as the savior and a once in a lifetime type of player, he did not even make the trip to Columbia, South Carolina, sidelined with migraine headache's and a sinus infection.

    With the absence of Harvin, senior wide receiver Andre Caldwell had a career day with 11 catches for 148 yards. Caldwell is in sole position of second place in receptions with 164 trailing only Carlos Alvarez by nine.

    The bottom line is simple, the Spread Option not only works but works brilliantly as long as you have the offensive weapons to execute it. I think it is safe to say that the Gators have the weapons to not only execute this "system" but execute it efficiently enough to be among the best in the league and the nation.

    The key to the "system" is the quarterback position and with the sophomore signal caller around for at least one more season the future looks bright in Gainesville. I have said in the past that a sophomore will not win the Heisman Trophy, but Tim Tebow not only deserves the award, but if he finishes the season 3-0 and continues to put up these kinds of numbers he will win it.

    Questions or comments? Contact FightinGators.com's Jason Higdon


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