Venables Praises Tebow

Not everyone in Norman, Oklahoma is ready to relegate Florida quarterback Tim Tebow to the second division of QBs in the Big 12. Sooners defensive coordinator Brent Venables wasn't about to get on board with comments from his cornerback Dominique Franks who questioned if Tebow would even be a quarterback in the Big 12. Venables has nothing but praise for the Gator star.

"I think he's a great player. All the accolades, the attention, the Heisman is all well deserved. I don't think like Dom thinks. He's a much different animal than the other guys we've seen. He brings a physical presence. He brings an emotional presence. He brings the ability to execute in all of the situations."

Venables says even from afar you can tell the intangibles that Tebow brings to the field and he says it's an example his own players should follow.

"He doesn't flinch. That's you love about him as a coach, as a competitor when you look over at him from the other sideline. You want you linebackers to be like that. He has a physical presence that he brings to their football team, to their offense. He's a terrific runner, terrific thrower and puts the ball where it needs to be."

Venables says Tebow's throwing ability is underrated and is quick to cite the SEC Championship Game as a perfect example.

"He made probably four conversions in the SEC Championship that I thought without question were the difference in the game against a terrific Alabama defense. He put the ball in the only place it could be put to convert and it made the difference in winning and losing. He's a great player and you want your own child to grow up like him. He's extremely well rounded."

Oklahoma faced some great quarterbacks this season with the two best being Colt McCoy of Texas and Graham Harrell from Texas Tech. McCoy lit up the Sooners, completing 28-of-35 passes for 277 yards and two TD in a 45-35 win. Harrell passed for 361 yards and 3 TD, but did most of his damage after Oklahoma a commanding 52-7 lead. On the season Oklahoma opponents are completing 55 percent of their passes for 253 yards per game. The last eight opponents have scored at least 21 points and four of them scored 35 or more.

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