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.