GAINESVILLE — Florida quarterback Tim Tebow fractured a bone in non-throwing right hand on Saturday during the Gators’ 45-12 win against Florida State.
Florida sports information director Steve McClain described the injury as a non-displaced fracture on Sunday and said that the injury will require a cast for at least two weeks, meaning Tebow could be accepting a Heisman Trophy with one hand. McClain said Tebow should be healthy by bowl season. Florida (9-3) is eligible for the Bowl Championship Series but will likely play in either the Capital One Bowl in Orlando or the Outback Bowl in Tampa. Both bowls are on New Year’s Day.
Tebow accounted for five touchdowns on Saturday (three passing, two rushing). His season totals are staggering: 51 total touchdowns (29 passing, 22 rushing) and a school-record 3,970 yards of total offense.
Tebow injured his hand during his third-quarter touchdown run, which gave Florida a 31-12 lead. The sophomore quarterback showed no signs of the injury during his post-game press conference and neither he nor Florida coach Urban Meyer mentioned the injury. According to McClain, team trainers determined during the game that Tebow wasn’t at risk of further injuring his hand after suffering the injury. McClain said that the extent of the injury wasn’t known until after the post-game press conference.