Tebow Focused on one Game at a Time

There's been a lot of things the Florida Gators' offense can point to when evaluating their success this season. There's the obvious backfield threat with the combination of Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey who have both turned into big-play threats. But there's also the play of quarterback Tim Tebow and his ability to spread the ball around to a multitude of different receivers.

Seven of Florida's wide receivers have 12 or more catches on the season, which is a lot different than the Tebow/Percy Harvin that dominated last season and a couple of the earlier games this year. For Tebow, it was just a matter of gaining confidence in the whole receiving corps.

"Everything is really based on coverages," Tebow said. "We're not really going to a man, it's reading the coverage. I have a lot of faith in all of our receivers. They're all going to get the job done."

One receiver in particular who has really stepped it up in recent weeks is Deonte Thompson. The redshirt freshman has most of his 18 catches for 269 yards and three touchdowns over the last four games.

"I have a lot of confidence in Deonte Thompson," Tebow said. "With him redshirting last year, we probably didn't have that good of a connection and feel for each other. This year heading into two-a-days, the more reps he got, the more opportunities and catches he gets, the better the feel we get for each other."

Tebow's connection with his teammates obviously goes beyond just his receivers, and maybe the most important guys to him are the ones that protect him on every snap. Tebow has a very strong relationship with center Maurkice Pouncey and right guard Michael Pouncey and their entire family. So when Tebow learned of the news about their step-father, he like all the Gators was very concerned, but he has a pretty good idea of what the family would want most.

"They are very resilient and very determined young men, and I know that that's what their family would want is to come out and play with their whole heart," Tebow said.

With Florida's huge matchup with Alabama just a week away, Tebow said it's easy to stay focused on the Noles and not look ahead to the Crimson Tide.

"I think we can focus on this game because it's a huge rivalry game," Tebow said. "It's something we work for all year long. It's not just another game, it's Florida State. There's a reason that it's a big rivalry game. It's being played for the state championship, so there's a lot riding on this game."


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