Monday, October 5, 2009
Even for Tebow, the task is daunting
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
Even for a player as great and experienced as Tim Tebow, it’s never easy to stay completely away from football for as long as he has and then jump right back in and play in a game.
Not just any game, either, but the biggest road game Florida will face all season and against an aggressive LSU defense that is brimming with talent.
Florida coach Urban Meyer said Tebow still hasn’t been cleared by doctors and won’t practice Monday. That means Tebow will head into Tuesday having not done anything football-related for nine days.
That’s an eternity during the middle of the season. And, yes, even for Tebow.
It’s sounding more and more like nobody’s going to know for sure if Tebow is going to be available against LSU until later this week at best. Even then, Meyer may choose not to go public with his decision if Tebow is indeed given the green light by doctors.
In the meantime, the Gators are preparing as if backup John Brantley will be their starter against the No. 4-ranked Tigers.
The question on everybody’s minds, though, is whether or not Tebow could still play this week after such a long hiatus of not practicing if he’s not cleared until Wednesday or Thursday.
A better question might be: How effective would he be?
One thing we’ve all come to learn about Tebow (and love, if you’re a Gator fan) is that you never doubt him. He’s a rare breed. If anybody can pull this off, it’s him.
“It’s day to day,” Meyer said. “Can Tim play quarterback for Florida against a very good defense without practicing? I’m not sure about that. We’ll see.”
Even for Tebow and all the amazing things he’s done during his career, this may be the clincher ... if he manages to come back from a concussion with little or no practice time and leads Florida to a win on the road at LSU.