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100 in 100: Tim Tebow (34 of 100)


All you have to do is say one word to create instant controversy in the sports world..."Tebow". Florida Quarterback Tim Tebow was arguably one of the best players to step on a college football field. Though he has had several accomplishments through the course of his collegiate career, he has managed to be the center piece of this years most contraversial sports figure. Yes, I said it, more controversial than Michael Vick, Plaxico Burress and Brett Favre combined. You either love him or hate him and there's really not much in between. Well maybe, if you include the three fans that sit on the top of the fence Switzerland in the argument saying, "he could be something someday because of his work ethic".

It is hard for me to see that Tim Tebow would be ready to start for any NFL team this year, possibly the next, or quite conceivably ever after watching him perform in the Senior Bowl this year. Some people say that it was a bad move for him to participate in this year's Senior Game and should have just stuck to a pro day to show scouts what he was made of. Others say that it was a bold move for him to show scouts that he wasn't "afraid" of any challenge. While both these philosophy's may be true to a certain degree, the general consensus has been that Tebow will not do well as an NFL Quarterback. Some have even gone as far to say that he will, or should be converted to an H-Back.

Out of High School, Tim Tebow was torn on which school he should have signed his intent to. The two major schools that were tugging on Tebow back and forth for the signature on the dotted line were Alabama and Florida. It was an ironic ending for Tim Tebow in '09 when him and the Florida Gators lost the SEC Championship to Alabama... the team that he had turned down. I guess you could call it a bitter-sweet ending for Tebow considering all the accomplishents he had already had prior to that specific game.

In 2007, the Florida Quarterback earned the nod for the starting spot at Quarterback as a Sophomore. That year, Tebow had broke two SEC Records; the first in rushing touchdowns and the second in total touchdowns. He went on to be the second Sophomore in history to win the Heisman Trophy Award. However, they lost their bowl game that year, The Capital One Bowl against Michigan 41-35. 

2008, Tebow returned as the starter hungrier than ever to get to The National Championship. He quenched his appetite as he led the Florida Gators to a 24-14 victory over the #1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners.

In his final year as a Senior, Tebow returned with high hopes once again. He had a great supporting cast around him and led the Gators undefeated all the way in to SEC Championship where they would face Alabama again, only this time they fell short 32-13. One of the most memorable sports moments of 2009 featured Tim Tebow on one knee shedding tears on the sidelines after the beating they were handed by the Crimson Tide. The Sugar Bowl wasn't what Tebow had hoped for, but he had the greatest game of his career and led the Gators to a victory over the undefeated Bearcats 51-24.

Although Tebow has certainly had his ups and his downs, and while most of his games have been a success, it's the ones that he has struggled in that people are remembering the most. There aren't high hopes for Tebow to be successful by most and this could take some of the pressure off. If he can fix some of the things that he is being knocked for, he will have a chance to be decent someday. Even though I say this, it does not make me one of the "Tebow" believers just quite simply a cautious observer.

Below the jump, I'll provide some of the highlights, stats, awards, and give a projection of where I see Tebow landing...

 

In this video, you can see that Tebow likes to run the ball and sometimes takes off when in the pocket too early. He doesn't take time to go through his progressions and some of his passes look real sloppy. His mechanics aren't consistent all the time. He does show flashes here and there of being capable of making plays but at the next level, alot of what Tebow is good at won't translate as easily.

 

AWARDS AND HONORS:

  • 2006 SEC All-Freshman Team
  • 2007 Walter Camp Foundation
  • 2007 SEC Offensive Player of the Week (X's 3)
  • 2007 Davey O'Brien Award
  • 2007 Heisman Trophy Winner
  • 2007 Maxwell Award Winner
  • 2007 Walter Camp Award Finalist
  • 2007 NCAA Quarterback of the Year
  • 2007 Manning Award Finalist
  • 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American
  • 2007 Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2007 SEC Player of the Year
  • 2007 ESPY for Best Male College Athlete
  • 2008 First Team All-American
  • 2008 Disney Spirit Award
  • 2008 Heisman Trophy Finalist
  • 2008 Maxwell Award Winner
  • 2008 SEC Championship Game MVP
  • 2008 SEC Player of the Year
  • 2008 SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year Award
  • 2008 Wuerffel Trophy Winner
  • 2009 William V. Campbell Trophy Winner
  • 2009 Lowe's Senior Class Award
  • 2009 Heisman Trophy Finalist
  • 2009 First Team All-SEC
  • 2009 Second-Team All-American
  • 2009 SEC Offensive Player of the Year

CAREER STATS:

Stats Overview Passing
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2006 22 33 358 66.7 10.85 55 5 1 0 201.73
2007 234 350 3286 66.9 9.39 66 32 6 13 172.47
2008 192 298 2746 64.4 9.22 70 30 4 15 172.37
2009 213 314 2895 67.8 9.22 80 21 5 29 164.17
2009 Regular Season Game Log Passing Rushing
DATE OPP RESULT   CMP ATT YDS CMP% LNG TD INT RAT ATT YDS AVG LNG TD
9/5 Charleston Southern W 62-3 10 15 188 66.7 68 1 0 193.94 2 1 0.5 1 1
9/12 Troy W 56-6 15 24 237 62.5 36 4 0 200.45 13 71 5.5 15 1
9/19 Tennessee W 23-13 14 19 115 73.7 18 0 1 114.00 24 76 3.2 15 1
9/26 @Kentucky W 41-7 5 10 103 50.0 44 1 0 169.52 16 123 7.7 30 2
10/10 @LSU W 13-3 11 16 134 68.8 26 1 1 147.23 17 38 2.2 9 0
10/17 Arkansas W 23-20 17 26 255 65.4 77 1 0 160.46 27 69 2.6 16 0
10/24 @Mississippi State W 29-19 12 22 127 54.5 21 0 2 84.86 22 88 4.0 26 1
10/31 Georgia W 41-17 15 21 164 71.4 29 2 0 168.46 18 85 4.7 23 2
11/7 Vanderbilt W 27-3 15 20 208 75.0 64 1 0 178.86 16 27 1.7 12 1
11/14 @South Carolina W 24-14 14 25 199 56.0 68 1 0 136.06 16 26 1.6 13 1
11/21 FIU W 62-3 17 25 215 68.0 29 2 0 166.64 7 102 14.6 55 1
11/28 Florida State W 37-10 17 21 221 81.0 39 3 0 216.50 15 90 6.0 47 2
12/5 @Alabama L 32-13 20 35 247 57.1 59 1 1 120.14 10 63 6.3 23 0
2009 Postseason Game Log Passing Rushing
BOWL OPP RESULT   CMP ATT YDS CMP% LNG TD INT RAT ATT YDS AVG LNG TD
ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL Cincinnati W 51-24 31 35 482 88.6 80 3 0 232.53 14 51 3.6 17 1

 

SUMMARY AND PROJECTIONS:

As I mentioned before, Tim Tebow will have to work diligently on his mechanics as well as his ability to take snaps from under center, something of which he was not custom to at Florida. His throwing motion is long and will need to be fixed. Changing someone's throwing mechanics doesn't always pan out. This will be a major concern for teams considering to draft him. There is 32 Teams in the NFL and it only takes one... so I hear anyway. The issue I have with that, is that if all 32 Teams are asking themselves the same thing, then where does that leave Tebow in the draft? Some still say 1st Round possibility and others have him dropping all the way in to the early 4th Round. I don't expect Tebow to drop to the 4th but somewhere in the mid 2nd or early 3rd Round, although I think that drafting a "project" Quarterback in the 2nd is a little high. He stands 6'3" and weighs 245 LBS.

Possibilities -- 2nd Round; Picks 33-64 - 3rd Round; 65-81

 

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