Tim Tebow -- Tebow will try to post another spectacular season while improving on Florida's 9-4 mark from a year ago. There aren't too many things Tebow can improve on from last year, but one key area will be how he handles fourth quarter situations.
Against Georgia, the Gators trailed by 12 points with just less than four minutes remaining. Tebow was able to drive the Gators a good distance, needing two scores, but a fumble in the red zone ended Florida's chances. That was Tebow's most effective drive in a two-minute situation. At LSU, the Gators had 1:09 left and needed a touchdown, advancing the ball just 34 yards on seven plays. Then in the Capital One Bowl against Michigan, Florida had 2:21 left needing a touchdown and had a four-and-out.
Florida could have also pulled out a win against Auburn with a fourth quarter drive, but the offense had a three-and-out before handing the ball back to the Tigers who put together a game-winning drive ending with a field goal at the gun.
Florida's inability to pull out a game in the fourth quarter last season wasn't Tebow's fault, especially for a quarterback starting his first season. But with a year under his belt, there are several things that Tebow's experience should be able to help the Gators should they be faced with a similar situation. Managing the play clock, managing downs and yardage, managing the game clock and quickly recognizing defenses should all come easier to Tebow this season, which should help the timely effectiveness of Florida's offense.
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