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Shroud of Turin; Cleat of Columbia

Understand what you are witnessing people, Tim Tebow is Larry Csonka with an arm and good looks...

GAINESVILLE -- Anyone remember Tebow's touchdown run against South Carolina (one of the 78) when he crashed into a photographer on the sideline and then plowed into the sideline TV truck? I know that photographer. His name is Tim Casey and he works for a website that covers the Florida Gators. I'm happy to report that Mr. Casey did not die.

Coincidentally, I'm also happy to report another Tim Tebow tattoo sighting (sorta). Now, I've had a pretty tough time finding Tim Tebow tats -- I made this my personal mission about a month ago -- but Mr. Casey seems to have the next best thing in his possession: a piece of clothing soiled (blessed would be a better word) with the impression of Tim Tebow's cleat, the same cleat that rushed for five touchdowns and set a single-game school record. Some people would draw comparisons with the Shroud of Turin.

I'm hoping to display the Cleat of Columbia at the Heisman Trophy presentation ceremony, the one when Tebow gets jobbed out of the award for the best football player in the country.

In related news, the Tebster told me last night that the TV truck really hurt and it was probably the hardest hit he has taken all season.


Tebow was named to the Walter Camp Award watch list today. Here's the press release:

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -– University of Florida sophomore quarterback Tim
Tebow (Jacksonville, Fla.) was named one of 15 semifinalists for the
Walter Camp Player of the Year Award on Tuesday by Walter Camp
Foundation. The honor is the fourth-oldest individual college football
award in the nation.

Tebow has rushed for 19 touchdowns on the campaign, a total tied for
the most by any player in Southeastern Conference history and is the
most by any UF player in a single year. It is also the highest figure by
any quarterback in SEC history. The 19 rushing touchdown total are as
many or more than 86 teams currently have combined in Division I-A.
Tebow is averaging 325.0 yards of total offense a game, which is higher
than the total of 13 teams in Division I-A.

His 27 career rushing touchdowns are already the sixth-highest total in
school history (36, Emmitt Smith, 1987-89). In addition, Tebow has
accounted for 42 touchdowns this season, which is the highest
single-season total in SEC history (the previous record was Danny
Wuerffel, 41, 1996 with 39 passes and two rushing touchdowns).

Tebow has rushed for at least one touchdown and passed for at least one
touchdown in 11-straight games. In research available dating back to
1989, no quarterback in the country has had a longer streak. His passer
rating of 177.1 is the second-highest in the nation and he has completed
67.8 percent of his passes, which is the 12th-highest mark in the
country and is the best in the league. Tebow has thrown 13 passes for
40-or-more yards this season, which is already eight more than UF did
all of last season.

The 2007 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, who is voted on by
the 119 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information
directors, will be announced live on the 6 p.m. edition of ESPN
SportsCenter on Thursday, Dec. 6.  The winner will then receive his
trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on Saturday,
Jan. 12, 2008, at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.

The “Players to Watch” for the 2007 Walter Camp Player of the Year

Name    Yr.     Pos.    School
Colt Brennan    Sr.     QB      Hawaii
Dan Connor      Sr.     LB      Penn State
Chase Daniel    Jr.     QB      Missouri
Dennis Dixon    Sr.     QB      Oregon
Glenn Dorsey    Sr.     DT      LSU
Matt Forte      Sr.     RB      Tulane
James Laurinaitis       Sr.     LB      Ohio State
Darren McFadden Jr.     RB      Arkansas
Ray Rice        Jr.     RB      Rutgers
Matt Ryan       Sr.     QB      Boston College
George Selvie   So.     DE      South Florida
Kevin Smith     Jr.     RB      Central Florida
Aqib Talib      Jr.     DB      Kansas
Tim Tebow       So.     QB      FLORIDA
Pat White       Jr.     QB      West Virginia



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