Tebow will be Game-Time Decision

For the third straight day, Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow participated in practice, and there is still no decision about his status for Saturday. It is now clear that the decision will be made a little before kickoff of Saturday's game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La. The medical staff will need to see how he handles the trip before they decide on his status for the game.

"I don't know (if he will play). Once again that is still day-to-day," Florida coach Urban Meyer said. "They want to see how he reacts to the flight. There are all kinds of things they are still looking at."

Meyer said Tebow participated in the full practice and looked very good. One of the tests to evaluate Tebow was to see how dealt with the noise of a stadium, something simulated in practice this week.

"He handled it better than I did," Meyer said.

Tebow will be evaluated by the doctors at some point Saturday before the game to see if he is ready. The specialists brought in the from Pittsburgh are unlikely to make the trip with the team, Meyer said.

The Gators have been preparing both Tebow and backup John Brantley to be ready to start against the Tigers.

"We split them up pretty good, close to half," Meyer said.

Meyer praised Brantley for starting to look like a quarterback instead of just a passer like he was when he arrived at UF.

"He's always been a guy who can throw the ball. It's like a running back who just can run," Meyer said. "Now, he seems to be a quarterback who has command of the game, and guys listen to him in the huddle."

One of the big questions if Brantley start is how will he handle the pressure of playing in Death Valley. Meyer expects him to be ready for the rough environment.

"Everyone one says, ‘Well, it's a big crowd and crowd noise is an issue with the cadence,' but it's silent anyways so it's the whole mechanics of getting the play to everybody at the line of the scrimmage," Meyer said. "That's the issue, and he has done a really good job of that."

- Meyer said his team is ready to play Saturday at LSU and was happy with this week's practices. "It's been very good, but these last two days have been fantastic."

- WR Deonte Thompson is expected to play Saturday after missing the Tennessee and Kentucky games with a hamstring injury, but he has had a strong showing this week in practice. "He has had three good days now."

- The defensive line's depth could take a hit depending on if DTs Lawrence Marsh (ankle) and Brandon Antwine (shoulder) can play. "I expect Marsh to. We'll find out more (about Antwine)."


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