Friday, October 9, 2009
Still wait and see on Tebow
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
You've sort of seen it pointing this way all week.
Nobody's going to know if Florida quarterback Tim Tebow will play Saturday night against LSU until right before game time.
Florida coach Urban Meyer said as much after watching Tebow go through his third straight practice Thursday. He's going to be tested after making the flight Friday, and he'll be tested again on Saturday.
If it's up to Meyer to make the call, then he has a decision to make. He's been trying to get two quarterbacks ready this week not knowing how it would all play out. The only thing he's been told about Tebow was that there was a chance he could play, so the Gators have put together a game plan with both Tebow and backup John Brantley in mind.
I still think there's the possibility that Meyer won't play Tebow even if he's cleared, or at the very least, start Brantley and play it by ear from there.
Could you imagine Tebow coming off the bench and leading the Gators to a win? His legend is only going to grow if he plays in this game and the Gators win.
And if he doesn't play, and the Gators beat LSU with Brantley going the whole way, what's that do for Meyer's already lofty status as a coach?
Regardless of how it all shakes out at quarterback, I think it gets back to Charlie Strong and his defense. I think we'll see the best performance of the season by the Gators on that side of the ball.