Midseason review: Florida

October, 20, 2009
10/20/09
12:35
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Florida is right where it wants to be, unbeaten and sitting atop the first BCS standings. But on the field, the Gators (6-0, 4-0) haven’t been the explosive unit offensively they were a year ago. Not even close. The loss of Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy has clearly made Florida more reliant on senior quarterback Tim Tebow, who’s already carried the ball 99 times in six games. That’s a lot of hits for a guy who suffered a concussion four weeks ago. Still, Tebow has found ways to get it done and was his usual clutch self in the fourth quarter last week against Arkansas. Florida’s defense has been excellent, although the health of senior linebacker Brandon Spikes is a concern after he injured his groin and missed most of the Arkansas game.

Offensive MVP: QB Tim Tebow. He doesn’t have the offensive weapons around him this season, but Tebow is still willing the Gators to wins. If it’s third-and-short, he’s money. The same thing goes for fourth-and-short. His passing numbers are down this season, and his mechanics still aren’t the best. But with the game on the line and a critical conversion down coming up, is there anybody in college football you’d rather have under center than Tebow?

Defensive MVP: CB Joe Haden. A little bit of a surprise here, and you could certainly make a case for Spikes. He’s sort of the engine for this defense, but Haden has been more consistent to this point. He’s one of the best all-around cornerbacks in college football and is a big reason Charlie Strong has been able to open it up on defense. Strong knows Haden can cover anybody one-on-one. Haden is tied for third on the team in tackles with Spikes and also has two interceptions. Not many teams have dared to throw his way.

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