Four things Tebow needs to do at Senior Bowl

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow looks back at his team from the sidelines in the fourth quarter of their 32-13 loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship on Dec. 5, 2009.

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Published: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 9:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 9:01 p.m.

After spending all week practicing under the critical gaze of hundreds of NFL coaches, scouts and general managers, it's time for former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow to perform in a live game in Saturday's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Veteran football beat writer Robbie Andreu takes a look at what would make Tebow's day a success, and possibly help enhance his draft status:


The Senior Bowl

When: Saturday, 4 p.m.
Where: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.
TV: NFL Network

1. Get a grip on those snaps

Since he lined up almost exclusively in the shotgun in Florida's spread offense, there have been concerns from the NFL about Tebow lining up under center and taking direct snaps. This was a legitimate concern because Tebow dropped several snaps the first few days of practice. He had no problems later in the week. If he deftly handles those snaps today, he will show he's improved in a critical area. The NFL guys will like that.

2. Just be Timmy

Tebow needs to do the same things he did on Saturdays at Florida — lead his team, play with great passion and make some plays. When Tebow plays like that, good things tend to happen.

3. Win the game

Despite all this talk about Tebow's throwing motion and his footwork in the pocket, winning the game overrides everything else. The NFL is looking for quarterbacks who know how to win. Tebow has been one of those throughout his career.

4. Show them some Sugar

Tebow certainly looked like an NFL quarterback in the Sugar Bowl earlier this month, throwing for three touchdowns and a bowl-record 482 yards. If he can show some of that same stuff today, the NFL guys will feel much better about Tebow's potential as a passer at the next level.

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