The most overrated quarterback in college football was absolutely crushed Friday evening in the Gators game against Kentucky. The Wildcats defensive end, Taylor Wyndham, sprinted off tackle and speared Tim Tebow straight back. It was an absolutely clean hit, driving Tebow to the turf. Only, on the way to the ground, Tebow’s head struck the knee of a teammate and he was knocked cold. He lay motionless on the turf for a couple of minutes, and Commonwealth Stadium went silent. Fans had tears in their eyes, as America’s darling wasn’t moving.
He eventually was able to walk off the field under his own power, later being escorted to the local hospital to be admitted for observation. All test results point to a concussion and there is no ETA on his return. He could play in Florida’s next game, two weeks from now versus LSU, but it is too early to tell. The game against LSU looks to be the toughest on the Gator’s schedule this season, so if he is unable to go, it could cost Florida a shot at defending their national title.
I’m not upset though. I’m rather unimpressed with Tebow the player. He plays quarterback, yet is known more for his rushing. He rarely throws the ball more than 25 times a game, and his carries number in the double digits. The media is always abuzz, raving about how talented Tim Tebow is, how he will transcend the NFL, reinventing the quarterback position. I don’t buy it. We’ve seen this type of “talent” before, in the form of another former Heisman winner, Eric Crouch. Both players were athletic quarterbacks, who rushed the ball from the snap, hardly ever counted on to win games with their arms. Statistically, they were marvelous quarterbacks, in college. The NFL didn’t buy into it, drafting Crouch as a safety, and he never played in the NFL. Another college quarterback who was supposed to reinvent the QB position was Vince Young, a highly productive college quarterback who won games with his legs. Currently, he’s riding the bench, trying to get the nerves to finally pull the trigger (not on a pass from the pocket, but on a bullet in the chamber). Tebow fits those comparisons.
Now don’t get me wrong, I admire his leadership. That speech he gave last year after Florida lost to Ole Miss is an instant classic which makes me want to lace up the cleats and head into battle with him. And leadership is an intangible skill, something you can’t teach. He’s got it, no question. I just don’t buy that his skills as a quarterback will translate into the pros. It’ll be interesting to see if Florida can perform without their leader, and if they do, will it temper the hype surrounding Tebow. Either way, he got his clock absolutely cleaned Friday night. And it was awesome.