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Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow received injections last season

GAINESVILLE -- On Monday, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow told reporters that he received pain-reducing injections before nearly every game last season.

Tebow said that he injured his shoulder during the first game of the season (Hawaii). Instead of undergoing surgery and missing the season, Tebow put off surgery until after the season and played through pain. Tebow received injections before every game after the first game of the season.

Tebow had surgery after the season and said he now feels better than he has in over two years. Tebow played with an injured shoulder during his sophomore season as well. It is common knowledge that Tebow received pain-reducing injections during his Heisman-winning season.

"It's more comfortable than it has been last year or the year before," Tebow said of his shoulder. "It's so much easier now. You can takes hit and smile instead of grunt."

Tebow said that his sore lower back is improving and shouldn't be a problem to begin the season. The quarterback said he injured his back "just overworking like I do everything -- over lifting, over training, over playing."

Tebow was held out during practice last week in order to rest his back but he said he likely would have sat out many of the plays regardless. Meyer often rests the Gators' key players -- Tebow, Brandon Spikes, Jeff Demps -- during full-contact drills, according to Tebow.

--Tebow on Monday's practice: "I felt good. Ran around head butting people."

--Defensive line coach Dan McCarney said on Monday that freshman defensive tackle Gary Brown is not prepared "for prime time" and will not play to begin the season. Brown reported to UF this summer well over 300 pounds and is still out of shape. As a guide, starting tackle Lawrence Marsh weighs 285 pounds.

--Tight end Aaron Hernandez on his daily struggle to block Florida's enormous defensive ends: "It's a constant struggle. I'm a lot lighter than defensive ends but I go hard I have decent technique."

--Hernandez on his expanded role and picking up the slack left by Percy Harvin: "You can't really replace a guy like Percy. It's just that I have to step up in my role, David Nelson has to step up, Deonte [Thompson], Carl Moore, everybody."

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