Just another day for Tebow

Tim Tebow got to take two and a half quarters off during Saturday's win over The Citadel, but that didn't mean he didn't have a productive day. The Heisman winner made another statement by completing 9-of-11 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Tebow also rushed twice for 34 yards and also threw in a couple of good downfield blocks.

With Tebow's sense of Florida history, he enjoyed everything the Gator seniors have given throughout their careers and enjoyed watching them do their thing on Saturday. Especially Javier Estopinan who rushed for his first career touchdown.

"We were actually practicing it on Thursday," Tebow said. "They were running special teams and we grabbed him just in case. We told him just to veer to the right a little bit, and he went straight to the right instead. You can't coach talent. He has great vision. I was happy for him. He was such a great leader for us in the weight room and doing so many other things. He's so valuable to this football team."

Tebow also appreciates everything Kestahn Moore brings to the team as a blocker and a third down back.

"He's had a huge impact on this team," Tebow said. "I think the biggest impact he's had has been coaching Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps and Emmanuel Moody in the offseason and two-a-days. Kestahn's a really good player, but those other guys are extremely talented. He's always known that, but he knows he's just got to do his job and be a leader. Some people have a hard time accepting their role, but he's done a good job and doing it to the best of his ability."

Tebow said the improvement of the backfield, helped by Moore, has been the secret to Florida's offensive success this season.

"We've been able to run the ball really well this season and it's helped out with everything," Tebow said. "It's nice to have Demps and Rainey in the game who can make 7-8 yards runs, and Moody's been able to do it, too. I just think we've been able to be more diverse and it keeps the defense honest."

With Florida State on the horizon, Tebow took some time to talk about the rivalry between the two schools. Growing up in Jacksonville during the rivalry's hey-day, Tebow knows a little something about the long-standing intensity.

"For me growing up, it was the biggest rivalry game because Florida and Florida State don't have a very good friendship I would say," he said. "It was always the biggest game because they were the most intense of the three rivals when I was growing up. I grew up rooting for Florida. It's big. You can throw the records out and just get ready for a war. They want to beat us, and we want to beat them. It's going to be an intense, hard-hitting game."

Saturday's tribute to the seniors makes most Gator fans think about what juniors may also have played their final game in The Swamp, Tebow included. But it wasn't on Tebow's mind.

"I don't think about it like that at all," he said.


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