Tebow checking on NFL

Florida head coach Urban Meyer gives instructions to quarterback Tim Tebow during the second half of the Gators' 31-20 win against Alabama in the SEC Championship on Dec. 6 in Atlanta.

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Published: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 11:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 11:44 p.m.

In the next few days, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow said he plans to put together the necessary paperwork to send to the NFL to see where he would project in the draft if he chooses to come out early.

“I think so,” he said after Wednesday’s practice. “I haven’t really worried about it. I think they’re (UF officials) going to help me do that and get it all in, do whatever we need to do.”

Junior All-America middle linebacker Brandon Spikes also is expected to put paperwork into the NFL Draft Advisory Committee. Junior wide receiver Percy Harvin has already done so.

Tebow said he will not make a decision about his future until after the Jan. 8 BCS National Championship Game.

“I have no clue (which way I’m leaning),” he said. “I haven’t even been thinking about it so far.”

The junior quarterback said he was leaning toward coming back to Florida for a senior season on the Sunday before the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York, but said afterward that he was “fifty-fifty” on the decision to leave UF early.

Tebow said he plans to turn his paperwork into the NFL before he leaves for Christmas early next week.

He said the outcome of the national title game against Oklahoma would not impact his decision.

“I don’t think so, to tell you the truth,” Tebow said. “Win or lose, there is going to be a lot to come back and play for. There’s a chance to go for three (national championships) out of four, which isn’t bad. If I go, it’s a chance to have a second.”

In the meantime, Tebow said he’s thankful to have one last opportunity to play for former offensive coordinator Dan Mullen, the new head coach at Mississippi State who is returning next week to begin bowl preparation with the Gators.

“I’m excited about it,” Tebow said. “I think he’s going to do a great job, just like he always has. He’ll be focused and one of us through the end of that game.”

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