Tim Tebow, Quarterback

By John L. Clarke

Tim Tebow6' 3" 235 lbs.

Senior

Florida

Strengths: power runner, athletic, accurate, poised


Weakness: Lots of carries, injuries, delivery is awkward and very slow, system quarterback.

As a college quarterback there is not much to dislike about Tim Tebow, however there are doubts that he can win in the NFL with his arm. He comes from a great background as both parents are missionaries. He grew up with lots of foster brothers and sisters. He was home schooled, but broke the stereotype that homeschooled kids have trouble adjusting to life outside the home.

Bottom-line, he is a good kid and a great role model…oh yeah, he can play football too. With today’s NFL concerned with character issue, this kid is as sure a thing as they come. As a freshman, Head Coach Urban Meyer decided not to redshirt this kid, although he had a four year starter (Chris Leak) already entrenched at quarterback. Instead, the clever Coach decided to work Tebow into certain packages to get not only acclimated to the SEC, but to utilize his many skills and playmaking ability.

Numerous first downs and touchdowns in key situations, not to mention a National Championship ring, during his freshman year only provided a glimpse of what was too come. In his sophomore year, now fully penned in as the starter with the graduation of Leak, Tebow exploded. Questions concerning his play as a quarterback rather than a running back that could throw arose. Tebow squashed those concerns as he went on to throw for almost 3,300 yards and raked up 32 touchdowns to only 6 interceptions while completing 67% of his passes. He displayed accuracy on the run, good decision making abilities and a Brett Favre “get it done at all costs” mentality.

He does not have a “rocket” arm, but can make all the required deep throws. His junior year saw him winning another NCAA Championship by virtually willing his team to victory. After a potentially devastating loss to Ole Miss, Tebow announced during his post game press conference that they would not lose another game, because he would personally see to it that they didn’t…he held good on that promise.

Regardless of how his senior season turns out or how he tests at the NFL Combine, that fulfilled promise will perk the ears of several NFL General Managers whom put a premium on character and leadership. His stats were down in 2008 as Tebow struggled with multiple injuries including a broken bone in his non-throwing hand. Still, he managed to throw for 30 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions while running for 12 more scores.

Great accuracy is something that makes up for his lack of traditional arm strength, but the spread offensive scheme he runs contributes to that aspect. He will have to prove that he can make all the NFL throws. Even with a strong showing during his senior year, expect Tebow to be a 2nd round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft at this point. The other aspect of Tebow’s game, his running ability, puts him in an elite category of a “dual threat” QB.

Although most “dual threats” are known for their speed (i.e. Pat White formerly of West Virginia) Tebow has more of a full back mentality as he runs behind his pads and breaks tackles with ease. He has very good speed, but not necessarily a burner. In a 3 year career, he has compiled 2037 yards and 43 touchdowns. Most NCAA running backs aspire for those kinds of numbers.

Although NFL teams will be wary of the mileage this kid has, it is also note worthy that despite having a deep bruise on his shoulder and a broken (non-throwing) hand, he continued to play at high level…that durability is something that should ease NFL teams. Tebow will have to prove that he is not a system quarterback, as many former Gators (i.e. Danny Wuerffel, Chris Leak, Rex Grossman) have failed in the NFL.

 

Awards and Accolades 2006
• SEC All-Freshman Team

• SEC Freshman of the Week 2007
• Walter Camp Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week
• Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week, three times
• Davey O'Brien Award winner
• Heisman Trophy winner.
• Maxwell Award winner
• Walter Camp Award finalist
• ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American football team
• ESPY Award for Best Male Collegiate Athlete
• Manning Award finalist
• Rivals.com National Offensive Player of the Year
• Rivals.com SEC Offensive Player of the Year
• Rivals.com First Team All-SEC
• First Team All-SEC Coaches Conference football team
• Associated Press SEC Offensive Player of the Year
• Associated Press All-SEC First Team
• Associated Press Player of the Year

• Listed as an All-American by: Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, CBS Sports, College Football News, Rivals.com, and Scout.com

• James E. Sullivan Award, awarded to the Nation’s top amateur athlete

• Roy F. Kramer SEC Male Athlete of the Year 2008

• NFL Draft Dog Pre Season All-American, 1st Team
• NFL Draft Dog All-American, 2nd Team
• All-America selection by College Football News.
• Disney Spirit Award
• Heisman Trophy finalist (3rd place)
• Manning Award winner
• Maxwell Award winner
• SEC Offensive Player of the Week
• SEC Championship Game Most Valuable Player
• SEC Offensive Player of the Year
• SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
• Wuerffel Trophy winner (Team Honor)