Notebook: Tebow flaws


Florida quarterback Tim Tebow with reporters during a press conference held at the Marriott Harbor Beach in Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 4, 2008.

TRICIA COYNE/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 5, 2009 at 9:20 a.m.

FORT LAUDERDALE - Florida fans may think quarterback Tim Tebow is perfect, but he apparently has some flaws.

During interviews Sunday morning, Tebow said he struggles with motion sickness.

"I get sick on airplanes," he said. "And I won't go on a roller coaster."

There's at least one more flaw. According to sophomore center Maurkice Pouncey, Tebow is a very weak joke teller.

"He tells them all the time, but they're pretty bad," Pouncey said. "They're too clean."

A strong recovery

Rob Webster, the stepfather of Maurkice and Michael Pouncey, has recovered enough from a serious accident to attend the BCS Championship Game.

"He's doing great," Maurkice said. "He's coming to the game. He's coming a couple of days before to hang out with us and the team."

Webster lost his leg in a rail accident in late November and missed the SEC title game in Atlanta. He vowed at the time he would make it to the national title game if the Gators got here.

"He's got a wheelchair, but he won't use it at all," Maurkice said. "He does a little walker thing to get around."

QB likes the QB coach

Scott Loeffler, who is expected to be named the Gators' new quarterback coach, received Tebow's stamp of approval Sunday. Loeffler recruited Tebow when Loeffler was at Michigan and the two developed a bond.

"He's a very good guy, a very good recruiter and a very good quarterback coach in terms of fundamentals, work ethic and character," Tebow said. "That's why I looked at Michigan so hard."

When asked if Loeffler is the kind of guy he would like to play for next year, Tebow said, "I don't know. I know what that question can lead to. I know he's a good coach and that any quarterback would be lucky to play for him."

Tebow, of course, will decide after Thursday's game whether to return for his senior season or enter the NFL draft.

Advice from Trautwein

Fifth-year senior offensive tackle Phil Trautwein said if he has a chance in the next few days, he will advise Tebow to return for his senior season. Trautwein came back for a second senior season this year after missing last season with a fractured foot.

"Yeah, it's worth it (coming back)," Trautwein said. "I'd rather be here than in the NFL. Winning doesn't really mean that much. Winning a national championship means more than anything. Tebow should stay (for his senior year). I would tell him right now if he was here."

Sticking together

The Pouncey twins are pretty much inseparable. Maurkice said the longest he's ever been away from his identical twin was when he spent a week in Houston last summer to be with his girlfriend.

"That may be the only time we've really been apart," Maurkice said. "He would check in all the time, saying, 'What are you doing?' We always talk throughout the day.

"I would die for my brother. I love him to death. There isn't anything I wouldn't do for him. I'd give my life for him. We do everything together."

Props for Coach Mick

They probably curse Mickey Marotti when they're going through his rigorous offseason weight and conditioning program. But the players have had nothing but praise for their strength and conditioning coordinator this week in south Florida. Marotti is considered UF's master motivator, and a coach the players can lean on.

"He's maybe the most valuable player/coach on our team," Tebow said. "He's more than a strength coach. He's like a life coach for some of these players. He does so much for everybody. When someone is having trouble, when they're sick or have a relative pass away, the first person they go to is Coach Mick. He's that to everybody on the team. That just helps so many people because they have somebody to turn to.

"He has a great opportunity to influence lives."

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