Based on conversations with Florida coaches and players, quarterback Tim Tebow hasn’t done much of anything the past two weeks except look at a little game tape. He hasn’t run. He hasn’t lifted weights. He hasn’t thrown a football.
“He hasn’t been around much,” No. 2 quarterback John Brantley said. “He’s mainly trying to rest and recover.”
Things could change for Tebow in the next day or two. He could get cleared by the doctors to return to practice and to play in Saturday night’s game at LSU. But UF coach Urban Meyer said on Monday there is no timetable for when that could happen.
If he isn’t cleared until, say Thursday or Friday, does that give him enough practice time to adequately prepare for a tough SEC defense like LSU has?
Florida coach Meyer said that will be evaluated as the week goes on. Tebow, of course, has played enough football (and studied enough tape) that he doesn’t need to practice a full week to get ready. But he’s obviously going to need some time considering he has had no physical activity to speak of for almost two full weeks.
Should the doctors clear Tebow, the Gators will try to get him ready to go in a short time.
But given the concerns about Tebow’s health and the fact he hasn’t practiced, maybe the decision will be made to go ahead and start Brantley and see how the sophomore does. He’s been working with the No. 1 offense the past two weeks and he seems confident in his ability to run the offense.
If Brantley is successful, let him go the distance and let Tebow rest some more. It would be a positive on two fronts. It would help Brantley get ready to take over as the starter next season, and it would help Tebow get back to where he needs to be to lead this team down the stretch for what could be a championship run for the Gators.
It certainly will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next few days.