Stamper knows what Tebow is going through
Published: Friday, October 2, 2009 at 5:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 2, 2009 at 5:47 p.m.
Ryan Stamper can relate to what Tim Tebow is going through.
In fact, he's been in his situation twice.
Florida's redshirt linebacker suffered two concussions during his prep days at Jackson, First Coast. Stamper said he doesn't remember the hits that sent his brain sloshing around his skull or how he got over to the sidelines each time.
Stamper said he was left dazed and blurry for a couple days and describes each incident as "part of (his) life (he) doesn't remember."
"I just remember being knocked out of the game and waking up and finally coming back to reality," Stamper said. "I guess I felt fine other than not remembering."
Tebow experienced similar issues last Saturday late in the third quarter of Florida's 41-7 win at Kentucky. Florida's quarterback never braced for the hit that UK defensive end Taylor Wyndham delivered from Tebow's left. The hit sent Tebow crashing toward the ground but not before his head smashed into offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert's knee.
Tebow lay motionless on the ground for several minutes before being assisted off C.M. Newton Field at Commonwealth Stadium by members ofUF's medical staff. Tebow spent the night in Kentucky at University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center and flew to Gainesville on Sunday afternoon.
Stamper said he was "shocked" to see Tebow on the ground. It brought back the feeling he had as he watched video of his own concussions years ago. Stamper said he hasn't givenTebow any advice on how to handle post-concussion, but imagines it's been uncomfortable for his quarterback.
"It’s real scary 'cause you don’t know what happened," Stamper said of his two concussions. "You don’t know the play. You just remember waking up about 10 minutes (after the hit) and everything that happened in the whole game (before that) you don’t remember."
Center Maurkice Pouncey has been left in the dark as well after a play. Pouncey said he suffered a concussion last season, but that his was minor and he bounced back after a couple days of inactivity.
Even with a speedy recovery, Pouncey said he had pain issues afterward. Luckily, his memory wasn't as fuzzy as Stampers'.
"Your head hurts a lot and you get a lot of rest," he said. "It all comes back to you though."
Tebow became the fourth Gator of the year to suffer a concussion. Junior safety Major Wright and sophomore offensive lineman Matt Patchan both missed a few summer practices with concussions. Junior cornerback Moses Jenkins left Saturday's game with a concussion and is undergoing the same tests as Tebow.
UF coach Urban Meyer said he's become more interested in concussion treatment with Tebow and Jenkins going down. He's even joined his players with some of the balance tests they've done.
Meyer said Wednesday that Tebow looked OK Tuesday morning and was still experiencing headaches, but that he "looked terrific" late Tuesday night.
"That's the best I've seen him look," he said.
There's no timetable for when Tebow could resume practice, but to Stamper, the whole situation has been slightly blown out of proportion because Tebow has always had a can't-get-hurt aura to him. Everyone was caught off guard the moment he went down for an extended period of time.
Stamper played a week after each of his concussions and expects to see Tebow back soon, but he's not downplaying the severity of these injuries.
"It just reminds you that anything can happen any play," he said. "In the game of football anybody can get hurt any play and you just gotta be careful."
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