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HEISMAN: Spurrier voted for Tebow; Tebow might vote for himself

GAINESVILLE -- The editorial board here at Gator Clause tried to ask Steve Spurrier last season if he voted for Tim Tebow for the Heisman but he shot the question down. Finally, at long last, we got the answer on Wednesday night.

Tebow said that, yes, he thinks Spurrier voted for him last season for the Heisman Trophy. Tebow, of course, grew up a fan of Spurrier and the Florida Gators. It must have been a huge thrill for the quarterback to know that one of his childhood football heroes helped vote him into college football history.

Even though Tebow is squaring off against Spurrier, he remains a big Spurrier fan. Tebow first met Spurrier before the Florida junior even began playing organized football. It happened at the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville.   

"I went up to him when I was probably about five or six and got his autograph on one of the church bulletins," Tebow said.

Tebow still has the autographed church bulletin, by the way. On Wednesday, Tebow said he grew up imagining what it would be like to play for Spurrier.

"I have thought about it," Tebow said. "I do think he's a really good coach. I think he does a good job and I think he teaches the quarterbacks well. He always gives his team a chance to win."

While Tebow remains a loyal Spurrier fan, Tebow says he hasn't had much time this week to think about playing against the Gators' old coach. Tebow did say, however, that he enjoys playing against Spurrier. Last season, Tebow accounted for seven touchdowns against Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks.

"I think it's cool. I think it's fun," Tebow said. "I don't think it's really something that has been on my mind too much. They have a really good defense, so that has been taking up my time so far this week, so I haven't really worried about all the hype with him coming back and everything, but I think any time you're matched up against Spurrier it's going to be an interesting game."

Will Spurrier cast his Heisman vote for Tebow this season? Probably so if Tebow once again rushes for five touchdowns against the Gamecocks' defense.

TEBOW MIGHT VOTE FOR HIMSELF
As for Tebow, he indicated on Wednesday that he might cast a Heisman vote for himself if he continues to improve this season. Since publicly promising to play harder than "anyone in the country" following the Gators' loss to Ole Miss, Tebow has completed 70 percent of his passes for 932 yards and 11 touchdowns without an interception. Tebow also has accounted for 229 yards rushing and eight rushing touchdowns.

"There's a chance," Tebow said, when asked if he might vote for "No.15." "There's a chance. The last few weeks have been good and we'll just see how we finish the season."

Tebow agreed with reporters when asked if he should be considered a surging candidate for the Heisman.

"I guess you could say that," Tebow said. "I feel that I'm getting more in the mix of it now -- just being honest. I've had a few good weeks in a row, so I just need to keep putting a few more together."

Tebow faces some of the best defenses in the nation in the final weeks of the season. South Carolina is ranked third nationally in total defense. Florida State is ranked No.5 and Alabama is ranked No.4.

-jo-

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Spurrier definitely voted for him and Tebow will definitely vote for himself this year. What if he only lost it by a few votes? Nice story.

He should not vote for himself and I actually don't believe he will. Tebow has always come across as a honest stand up guy and I can't see him voting for himself when other guys are having better years. He has been surging lately big time, but Harrell and Bradford's passing numbers more than double his. 3.4 yards a rush is not helping the cause either. Sure he has 2 interceptions but Harrell has thrown almost 300 as many passes and only has 3 more interceptions. Do what is right

He has thrown 300 more passes...which is why his numbers are double Tebow's. It works both ways, in positives and negatives. He is also in a past-first offense, while UF uses a balanced offense.

If Tebow continues on the pace he is currently on through the SEC Championship game, he will have a better overall season than either Harrell or Bradford and should definitley vote for himself.

Even though he is a stand-up guy, he believes he is playing the best he ever has. If he won the trophy last year, and he's playing better this year and in the top 3 going into voting, he will certainly vote for himself.

Jo,
I know this is off the topic but, is there a small chance that CI could play this year?

If Florida runs the table and Tebow accounts for five touchdowns (or more) against South Carolina, Florida State and Alabama, I don't see anything wrong with Tebow voting for himself. Of course, if Harrell runs the table in the Big 12, it probably won't matter.

A lot of college football to be played.

-jo-

gaGator,

Great question. UF tight end Cornelius Ingram is back on the practice field but, of course, he's not practicing with the team. He is working with trainers to get him ready for the NFL combine. What a story it would be if CI made it back for the bowl game. I doubt that happens but it would be pretty inspirational for his teammates if led them onto the field. And don't forget Dorian Munroe. Munroe told me before the season even started that he wanted to rejoin the team in time for the bowl game.

-jo-

So Munroe already took his redshirt season?

At this point, I'd rather they both stayed off the field, even if healthy. That is, unless they get a ton of practice in.

Real unfortunate for C.I., I think he'll be a good NFL TE.

Debate:
Is it fair to steal Florida's offensive coordinator in the midst of the season, the bowl season, and even causing a distraction going into the National Championship?

Click this link to get your point across
http://www.sports2debate.com/drupal/sports_2_debate_mississippi_state_hires_mullen_florida_coordinator_before_national_title

And why would Mullen take the job at this time? Is he to blame for the distraction as well?

Debate:
Is it fair to steal Florida's offensive coordinator in the midst of the season, the bowl season, and even causing a distraction going into the National Championship?

Click this link to get your point across
http://www.sports2debate.com/drupal/sports_2_debate_mississippi_state_hires_mullen_florida_coordinator_before_national_title

And why would Mullen take the job at this time? Is he to blame for the distraction as well?

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