GAINESVILLE -- Florida quarterback Tim Tebow indicated on Monday that if he had to cast his Heisman Trophy ballot right now, then his No.1 spot might be for Texas quarterback Colt McCoy.
Tebow hasn't spent much time following the accomplishments of other quarterbacks this season but what he's seen from McCoy has been impressive. McCoy has completed 81.2 percent of his throws (160 of 197) for 1,894 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Tebow watched plenty of football during the Gators' bye week, including Texas' dismantling of Missouri. Tebow was impressed by McCoy's performance. The Texas quarterback completed 29 of 32 pass attempts for 337 yards and three touchdowns.
"He's doing a great job handling everything," Tebow said. "His interviews after the game, I watched that too just getting to know him a little bit I was very proud. He represents college football really well and his faith extremely well, never ashamed of that, which I really respect. He's done a great job with everything he's going through.
"Being smart and looking at the guys who are having a good year, he'd probably be my top guy on who I'd vote for right now. He's playing extremely well. He's doing a great job leading his team and he handles himself with a lot of class as well. I don't think you could say two. I haven't seen everybody so I don't know but I don't think there's anybody who's above him right now."
TEBOW NOT PHASED BY BCS POLL
Tebow didn't seem to care much on Monday about the Gators' No.10 ranking in the initial BCS standings. The top two teams at the end of the season play for the BCS national championship.
"I don't care," Tebow said. "That's fine. Nothing really matters too much now. That's really what my attitude was. It doesn't matter to me. I don't care. That's fine that other teams are ahead of us. We still have an opportunity to hopefully play some of them. That's fine.
"It doesn't matter because we still have an opportunity if we take care of business to be in a position that we want at the end of the year so we're fine."
Florida coach Urban Meyer ignored a question about the Gators' BCS rankings and instead pointed out the Gators next opponent has a pretty good defense.
"Here we go," Meyer said. "Kentucky is ranked No. 1 on defense. Thanks guys."
Meyer said that running back Chris Rainey (shoulder) practiced on Monday and that running back Emmanuel Moody (knee) is ahead of schedule but is still questionable for homecoming on Saturday. Running back Kestahn Moore (ankle) is ready for a full return, according to Meyer.
"Rainey should be back today, Kestahn is doing very well and Moody is going to try to practice, maybe not the full practice, but try to practice today," Meyer said.
Freshman kicker Caleb Sturgis (hyper-extended knee) is probable, according to Meyer.
-Correspondent Mike McCall contributed to this blog post.