Andreu's Answers

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Welcome to the first edition of Andreu’s Answers. Before every game this season, we’re going to come up with five key
questions and then provide the answers following some reflection after
the game.

Without further adieu, let’s do it:

Can Tebow throw?

Maybe what this question should have been is: Can Tebow throw …
an incompletion? For a while there it looked like the answer might be
no. The smooth lefty started out as hot as the weather in his starting
debut.

His first attempt was a deep strike to Andre Caldwell for 48 yards
to set up UF’s first score. On the Gators’ next possession, he
connected with Caldwell for 12 yards, then threw a 59-yard laser to
Riley Cooper for a touchdown. His next attempt also went for six – a
19-yard dart over the middle to Percy Harvin.

Almost halfway into the second quarter, Tebow was still flawless,
having completed all six of his attempts for 156 yards and two
touchdowns.

His first incompletion didn’t come until the 8:31 mark in the quarter, when he had a passed tipped at the line.

In the first half, he was 9 of 11 for 192 yards and two touchdowns.
By the end of the third quarter, he reached the magical 300-yard mark.

Can Tebow throw?

Um, yes.

Of course, now some will twist the question to ask: Can Tebow throw … against an SEC team?

Is Kestahn Moore the real deal at tailback?

Urban Meyer and Stan Drayton have been pumping up this guy since
early in preseason camp, promising he is quicker, faster and clearly
the Gators’ No. 1 back.

The coaches showed their confidence in him by calling his number on
UF’s first offensive play of the game – and for almost the entire
opening drive of the second half.

Moore didn’t snap off any long runs, but he did appear quicker and
faster. And no one runs harder than this kid – a trait all good backs
have.

Is the offensive line’s chemistry hurt by the loss of Phil Trautwein?

It certainly didn’t appear to be Saturday. The line was solid
throughout the game, creating some holes for Moore in the running game
and protecting Tebow. The offense pretty much went up and down the
field at will for most of the day, so the line obviously played well –
and played together as a cohesive unit.

The coaches have been saying the line is one of the strengths of
this team. Even with Trautwein out, the line performed at a high level.
The veterans helped true freshman Maurkice Pouncey have a successful
debut.

Does Chas Henry have a chance to be a big-time punter?

The true freshman deserves credit for showing some senior-like
composure on his first punt attempt late in the first half. Protection
broke down and it appeared Henry’s punt was going to be stuffed back in
his face. But, somehow, he got it out of there. It went only 20 yards,
but it really was a winning play.

On his second attempt, he launched a crowd-pleasing 46-yarder. He
followed with a 50-yard effort in the fourth quarter. So, this kid has
a chance.

How will true freshman Joe Haden hold up at cornerback in his first start?

Even though the Gators gave up some passing yards in the opening
drive and early in the second half, Haden seemed to auit himself
nicely. Because of the inexperience at the corner positions, the Gators
played mostly zone Saturday, so it is hard to judge his man-to-man
cover skills. He definitely should gain some confidence from his debut,
and that probably was the goal.