"Let's do this next year, ‘cuz I'm coming back!" With that short sentence Tim Tebow got the loudest cheer of the Gators' championship celebration and set the stage for another title run in 2009. Tebow's announcement was not completely unexpected, but it sure was welcomed by the 30,000-plus at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium plus the rest of Gator Nation, which may have been watching on Sun Sports.
Tim Tebow's return assures a minimum disruption for the Florida football team next season and helps John Brantley and incoming freshman Jordan Reed to focus on learning the offense and improving their skills rather than replacing a legend.
The Florida star will have the opportunity to accomplish some remarkable things next season. Most importantly, he'll be gunning for his third SEC and BCS Championships. Individually he will be one of the favorites for the Heisman Trophy along with Colt McCoy of Texas and (perhaps) Oklahoma's Sam Bradford. He also has some remarkable individual stats to try and accomplish.
He needs seven rushing touchdowns to become the first player in college football history to run for 50-plus touchdowns and pass for 50-plus touchdowns
Those seven rushing touchdowns would break the SEC record for rushing touchdowns (49) held by Herschel Walker
He needs 11 touchdowns to break the SEC record for touchdowns (53) held by Kevin Faulk of LSU
He needs 13 touchdowns combined rushing and passing to break Danny Wuerffel's SEC record of 122
He needs 463 rushing yards to reach 2,500
He needs 573 yards combined rushing and passing to reach 10,000 yards total offense
He needs 3,610 passing yards for 10,000
What About the Others?
There were strong indications yesterday that fellow juniors Percy Harvin and Brandon Spikes were also set to make announcements today, but I was told both guys are really torn and just when they think they're ready, they start to lean in the other direction.
That's understandable. It's a huge decision that comes with both risks and rewards. It's a shame they only have until Thursday to consider their options, but it may well be that they need all of that time to figure out what they really want to do. Both are good kids and want to take care of their moms. Both have moms who are trying to convince them to stay in school and get their degrees. There's no bad decision here; just a few more days of anxious moments for Gator fans as well as players and coaches.