Offense Keeps Rolling

Saturday's torrential downpour didn't dampen the Florida offense as they still delivered with 45 points and more than 500 yards of total offense. Urban Meyer was concerned about the field conditions before the game, but offensive coordinator Dan Mullen had faith in his Heisman quarterback Tim Tebow and his ability to manage the game in the sloppy conditions.

Tim Tebow ran hard, carrying 16 times for 80 yards and a touchdown. He played physical and tough, but also showed how he's evolved as a quarterback. Tebow showed patience in the pocket and took care of a wet football throughout the day.

"He's much better," Dan Mullen said. "I think last year, we put a lot on him and he did a lot and made a lot of plays. If you watched him [against FSU], he was much more poised staying in the pocket making some throws and knowing when to get out and scramble."

Tebow's throwing numbers weren't spectacular, but they were effective. He completed 12-of-21 passes for 185 yards, throwing for three touchdowns. But when he ran the ball, he punished the Florida State defense.

"He's been able to sit out a couple quarters in the last couple of games, and it kept him fresh to come out and play a four-quarter game like today," Mullen said.

On Percy Harvin's touchdown run, Tebow was lined up wide as Harvin took the direct snap. He ran to Tebow's side and the Gator quarterback led the way as a blocker.

"We tell him to try not to do too much, but if the ball is near him and a defender is near him, it's kind of hard for Tim not to hit anyone on any play," Mullen said. "He's a big guy, he knows how to protect himself."

Harvin went down with an ankle sprain later in the game, and it's too soon to tell whether the Gators dynamic star will be ready for Saturday's game against Alabama.

"The really good thing about Percy Harvin is that he's played an awful lot of football and is a good football player," Mullen said. "He's not going to have to practice a whole lot to do the things we're going to need him to do next week. He can focus on treatment and getting better and we should still be in good shape. … If he can go you know he's going to go."

With Harvin not on the field, Tebow may look a little more to his athletic tight end Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez caught four passes for 61 yards, including two touchdowns against the Noles.

"I'm just doing whatever they ask me to do," Hernandez said. "It feels great, and it's a dream come true to be out on the field. Anything I can do to help the team, if coach asks me to something, I'm going to try and do it to the best of my ability."

The Gators have opened as an early 10-point favorite over Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. They're easily playing their best football of the season, and Hernandez looks to keep it going.

"I think we're playing the best ball we've ever played at the University of Florida, at least from what I've seen," Hernandez said. "We're just ready to go and hopefully we have a great game next Saturday. … We have a great offense and a great defense that's not giving teams a lot of chances to score. Look out."


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