Tebow, Spiller impressive
Published: Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 11:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 11:40 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — Tim Tebow and C.J. Spiller were nearly teammates at the University of Florida. On Sunday at the NFL Combine, they teamed up to put on impressive shows for the NFL scouts, coaches and general managers.
Spiller, who said on Saturday he hoped to run a sub-4.4 time in the 40-yard dash, raced to a 4.37 at Lucas Oil Stadium. His time was second to Cal's Jahvid Best (4.35) among running backs. Spiller's teammate, wide receiver Jacoby Ford, had the day's best time at 4.35.
Tebow ran an impressive 4.72, the fourth fastest time among the quarterbacks at the Combine. His 38.5-inch vertical jump tied the all-timed Combine record for quarterbacks and was a half-inch better than Michael Vick's in 2000. And his 9'7” broad jump was the second best for the quarterbacks on Sunday.
Tebow did not bench press or throw but will in Gainesville March 17.
When he was finished, Tebow went on the NFL Network where he passionately defended his coach at Florida. There has been some criticism of Urban Meyer that he didn't get Tebow prepared for the NFL. Host Rich Eisen asked Tebow if other SEC schools would use that to recruit negatively.
“They can just worry about trying to come back and beat Florida — that's what they need to worry about,” Tebow said. “To defend coach Meyer and to defend Florida — he has taught his players over the last six-eight years the best of any coach in the country. You look at his players once they actually get on a team — they know football. We teach football. We teach schemes. We teach concepts that relate to the next level.
“He does a great job of teaching guys to learn football, learn concepts and be able to translate when they get to the next level.”