Tebow: Need Work on the Little Things

The Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow addressed the media in his usual Monday morning press conference. He talked about his relationship with South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, what the offense needs to improve and his health this season among other topics.

Here is the transcript of the press conference:

Q: What would you like to see this team do better?

Honestly, it's just little things. In different games, offensively there were some opportunities where we left some points out there on the field.

Q: Why did you change the team's use of audibles?

It was just the game plan we were going in there with and what we practiced all week.

Q: How would the identity of the offense be different if the defense wasn't so good?

Based on your team and the defense and special teams, the offense is going to change because we would have to press more, we would have to do different things, we would have to be more like two years ago. But we have the a great defense, one of the best in the country, so we are going to protect them and put them in good position and not force things and keep the turnovers low.

Q: What is the key to avoiding some of these sacks?

One is knowing their game plan, knowing what they are trying to do, getting the ball out quick, getting underneath throws, checking it down and getting it out of my hands quicker.

Q: Do you feel a special kinship with Steve Spurrier?

There some sort of special relationship there. Although we don't talk, we will say hey after the game, and we talked a few times at the Heisman. We have a little bit of a relationship like that.

Q: Do you think people underestimate how hard it is to do what you are doing?

It is pretty hard to keep that win streak, but that's just college football. That's why it is amazing. Every game you are going to go out there and get other teams' best shot because you're Florida.

Q: When do you realize you had seven touchdowns against South Carolina in 2007?

I didn't even remember until you just said that.

Q: Are you 100 percent healthy at this point?

I actually feel the best physically that I have felt in a season this late in the season, just feeling really good.

Q: Has it been a tougher challenge of your perseverance and will this year?

There have been frustrations because we're very competitive and we want to score every time we get the ball. Not being able to do that all the time or not clicking as well as we wanted to has been frustrating so you have to deal with that, but at the same time, we haven't had to deal with a loss. I would much rather have to deal with a field goal than a loss.

Q: Has it started sinking in that there are only five games left in your college career?

It's been sinking in especially just my games in The Swamp and only have two more of those.

Q: Has this season been as much fun as others?

It's been fun. Yes it has been a grind, but every season has been a little bit of a grind.

Q: Have you done anything different this year or offseason to keep yourself healthy?

Not necessarily. When I came off that shoulder surgery, just training with Coach Mick, he did a really good job of training me to be able to go out there and take hits. I felt like coming into this season I was in the best shape of my life.

Q: How much of a relief is it that you don't have to take any pain-killing injections before you play?

It's nice to be able to go out there and play, and not worry about that or spend as much time in the training room. I still spend time to keep my body right.

Q: Did you care, are you using it as motivation that Spurrier did not vote for you on the preseason All-SEC team?

I just laughed that off when it happened. It was kind of funny, and it blew up into a big deal, but I didn't think of as being a big deal.

Q: Have the short yardage plays being hard to pickup this year?

At times, teams have done a great job of game planning some of our short-yardage packages, so at times, it has been hard. We also have done a pretty good job of getting them.

Q: Have you gone to a more jumbo package this year than in the past?

It's hard to say. It's been based on the personnel a little but. I don't know our tendencies exactly on that.


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