GAINESVILLE -- With back-up quarterback Cam Newton's future with the Florida Gators uncertain, UF coach Urban Meyer has named punter Chas Henry the team's third-string quarterback for Saturday's game against Florida State.
Henry was an accomplished quarterback in high school He led East Paulding High to the quarterfinals of the Georgia state playoffs. Henry threw for more than 1,700 yards his senior year at East Paulding and 17 touchdowns.
Newton was arrested last Friday for allegedly stealing a laptop computer. Meyer said that junior receiver Percy Harvin could also play quarterback if needed.
Quarterback Tim Tebow is a finalist for the Maxwell Award, the postseason college football award given to the best all-around player in the country. Tebow won the award in 2007. The Home Depot college football awards ceremony will take place at Disney World after the regular season. Tebow is not a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the nation's best quarterback.
The finalists for the Bednarik Award, given to the nation's best defensive player, are James Laurinaitus of Penn State, Ray Maualuga of USC and Aaron Maybin of Penn State.