Tebow improves on second day of Senior Bowl practice


Tim Tebow appeared more comfortable under center and in the pocket in his second practice in a new offensive system with new players around him.

The Associated Press
Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 11:44 p.m.

MOBILE, Ala. — The NFL coaches and scouts learned another thing about former quarterback Tim Tebow.

He can play (and practice) when he's sick.

That's what Tebow did Tuesday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in preparation for Saturday's Senior Bowl. Tebow practiced (and appeared fine) after having a 103-degree temperature Monday night, according to his brother Robby.

"He was real sick," Robby Tebow said. "He needed fluids."

Tebow showed up to practice Tuesday and appeared to be his normal self.

"I'm OK," Tebow said. "I was pretty sick last night, somewhere around there (103-degree temperature). That's the way it goes."

When asked if there was any doubt about whether he would practice Tuesday, Tebow said, "No way, no shot."

Tebow appeared more comfortable under center and in the pocket in his second practice in a new offensive system with new players around him. He completed several deep passes, including a fade down the sideline that UF teammate and roommate Riley Cooper made a nice one-handed catch on.

"I mean, just getting used to things just a little bit more and feeling a little more comfortable," Tebow said. "I felt it was a good day. I'm excited how things were."

Tebow mishandled only one snap under center after having problems early in practice Monday.

Tebow said he first started getting sick last Saturday, and really started feeling bad Monday night.

"I feel a lot better today," he said.

Tebow saw some familiar faces Tuesday. After practice, he had a mini Gator reunion with former UF assistant coaches Dan Mullen and Greg Mattison. Mullen is now the head coach at Mississippi State, while Mattison is the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens.

Mattison gave the smiling Tebow a big bear hug. "It's great to see you," Tebow said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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