GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Urban Meyer said on Monday that quarterback Tim Tebow's playing status likely will not be made public until Saturday, if at all.
Tebow suffered a concussion nearly nine days ago during UF's win against Kentucky. During his weekly Monday press conference, Meyer said Tebow has been as asymptomatic "for several days" but his playing status remains day to day. Asked if an announcement will be made on Saturday (Florida plays at Louisiana State at 8 p.m. on Saturday), Meyer said, "If it's real late, you probably have to wait late. If they clear him earlier than that, I'll probably tell you."
Tebow did not practice last week and will not practice on Monday or Tuesday, according Meyer. If Tebow is cleared to practice by Wednesday, Meyer said that Tebow "will not get hit" in practice. Florida's normal weekly schedule includes an off day on Monday, but -- coming off a bye week -- Meyer said that Florida will practice on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Meyer is 28-3 when his teams have had more than one week to prepare for a game.
Meyer said on Monday that he spoke with Tebow often last week because Tebow "was bored to death." Tebow was not allowed to watch television or read for four days after his concussion and the quarterback spent most of his recovery time in his apartment. Despite the constant line of communication, Meyer said that he did not know Tebow's daily test results regarding his lingering concussion symptoms.
"I don't ask but they said it's very positive," Meyer said.
Tebow was tested on Friday, Sunday and Monday.
"It's not quite nine days but he does look better," Meyer said. "He continues to work with our doctors and training staff. Other than that, I don't know. Those things are day to day."
Meyer did not indicate on Monday if there is a cut-off day for Tebow's return. Can Tebow play if he is cleared on Friday? Can Tebow play if he is cleared on Saturday?
"Hard questions and I can't answer that," Meyer said. "Can Tim play quarterback at Florida against a very good defense without practicing? I don't know right now."
John Brantley, a redshirt sophomore, is UF's starting quarterback until further notice. On Monday, Meyer said that he is confident in Tebow's backup, considering the talented veteran players who would be surrounding Brantley if he is forced to make his starting debut against LSU on the road.
"Obviously I have a lot of confidence and it's not false confidence," Meyer said. "Confidence comes from what you see [Brantley] do in practice. We would like to have him a few more game reps at this point but the thing I can see on this team is Johnny's not going to go by himself now. He's got 10 other guys on offense that are some very mature guys and they're going to take care of that guy.
"The Pounceys are going to be right there arm and arm with him and Cooper and those three backs, so Johnny is not going in there by himself. He had a very good week of practice. Gets the ball out real fast. Obviously things will change a little bit -- that's obvious -- but that doesn't mean we're going to abandon some of our run game that's been so good. But he obviously has some strengths."