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How to make Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow slightly angry...

GAINESVILLE -- I thought it was a benign question. Tim Tebow apparently thought otherwise.

On Monday, UF's quarterback seemed to take offense to a question I asked him about the dropped touchdown passes by receiver Riley Cooper. Tebow and Cooper are roommates, so I asked Tebow on Monday, "When you got back to the apartment, what's the conversation like between you and Riley after he dropped those couple passes? Did y'all talk about that?"

Tebow, breaking the silence with something between a groan and a laugh, said, "You know, I think Riley is a great receiver, he came up big for us in the game, had a bunch of big plays. A few of those passes, I should have put more on them and we just got to go out there and work and constantly get better and we'll continue to do that and I'll make more accurate throws to him and he's been a great receiver for us all year and we're extremely close and I appreciate how hard he has worked for us this year."

Cooper caught a slant pass from Tebow and raced for a 68-yard touchdown play during UF's first offensive possession. Cooper finished the game with three receptions for 112 yards but dropped two would-be touchdown passes from Tebow. Some people in the press box seemed to think that the first pass was overthrown. I disagree. Cooper misjudged it, or, as the saying goes, he "alligator armed it." 

Tebow and a few of the Gators receivers put in some extra work on Sunday night inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. When asked, Tebow said receiver David Nelson and tight end Aaron Hernandez participated in a mini-workout with Tebow on Sunday. Tebow said the workout was not to improve timing or work on anything technical, but rather "honestly, we were just trying to get lose, just throwing around, running a little bit, nothing super intense."

Florida's offensive coordinator Steve Addazio appeared to open things up a bit on Saturday against South Carolina. Tebow attempted 25 passes, which is the most passes Tebow has attempted since the Arkansas game (26). Tebow also had two throws of 30 yards or more on Saturday. Before Saturday, Tebow had only completed three passes of 30 yards or more in SEC play.

Off the top of my head, I can count six would-be touchdown passes that have been dropped this season by UF receivers, but there might be more. I'm certain that Deonte has dropped at least one. Brandon James has dropped two. Riley Cooper has dropped three passes that should have been touchdowns. Yeah, it's probably a touchy subject for Tebow.

Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry. "Tebow SMASH!"

-jo-

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Show us ANY other college age student-athlete with as much maturity or character as Tebow displays EVERY day, and I'll show you another set of proud parents, coaches and teammates.

I can say a few times this year I have thought to my self maybe they should put in Brantley...Teabow just looks ugly this year. I don't know if it's the expectations, the calls, the o'line, or the receivers. It's the strangest undefeated season I have ever seen. It's like we as fans are not used to wining this way...ugly.

I have gone back and forth between Teabow being the best and one of the worst QB's. Then you look up at the score board at the END of the game and our team has the W. Teabow may look like a duck out of water some times and I think many throws could have been made by other lesser QB's that have been missed but at the end of the day he is one hell of a DUCK...and most teams would trade there QB's for Teabow in a second.

Would we rather loose pretty or win ugly.....

Only a UM homer would ask such a question. Just shows what and who you really are and if the Herald wanted a real reporter for UF they would find someone else.

it's tebow, not teabow.

jo does a great job of objective reporting. if anything he leans toward the gators...which is great for a gators beat writer...

Jo you were right to put a little heat under Tebow concerning the dropped passes, just as you should question his locking-in on two receivers most of the time. I love my Gators, but hate the predictability of the offense. I would hate for it to cost us, when a real team adjust to our tendencies.

The first one was overthrown not only because the ball was just out of Copper's reach, but because it was at the back of the endzone near the wall. Running full speed makes that a very difficult catch. The second one hit him in the hands, in stride at the front of the endzone. No excuses there.

Guys, we all agree Tebow is a great person and we all agree Tebow is a great player. For crying out loud, I wrote a blog post a few weeks about how Tebow should win the Heisman if he goes undefeated and UF defeats Alabama. (I still stand by that opinion, by the way.) It's not like I interrogated Tebow with tough questions. It was just a simple question about the dropped passes. Tebow and Cooper are roommates. Seems like an obvious question. Anyway, Tebow's SLIGHTLY prickly demeanor during his non-answer revealed a little of the frustration he's going through. (My interpretation, anyway.) Tebow had already answered a series of questions about the Heisman, something he doesn't like talking about. Seriously, don't turn this into something it's not.

-jo-

freetruth is right on

Jo. You are ok but you keep using the word "dropped". Those 3 throws were not dropped..the throws were a few inches off...and you are all over Cooper. "Dropped" means it hits a guy in the numbers or it is in his hands and he "drops" it. Big difference if you try to blame the receiver.
Let's just hope those passes are caught against Bama and Nick Satan.

Over/under on panties left at the Tebow/Cooper doorstep when arriving home from Colombia?Anyone...anyone...

UM Football:

VT, Clemson, Wake Forest, UNC

NONE of the product at HALF the price!

Now THA'TS crashing the party baby!

Go 'Canes!

I did juniors laundry last night and noticed 1 pair of undies missing. I think he left them at tebow/cooper's doorstep. Don't tell anybody!!

be honest about what? what is delusional about 10-0? canes fans are delusional for thinking the U is back. enjoy the gaylord hotels bowl.

Freetruth is right - the first one I can't completely put on Cooper as a "drop." It didn't look like he slowed down and misjudged the ball either, they just barely missed each other. The 2nd "drop," was clearly on Cooper as it went through his fingertips. Hey, nobody is perfect.

Speaking of which, where has Thompson been??? He was invisible most of the game again and the same for senior David Nelson, another highly touted recruit.

Jo - After hearing about UM's lack of depth at QB, how is UF looking after Brantley?

By the way I was delusional enough to think the U would win a national championship two games in the season, Jacory was going to be in NY with his pink pimp suit and pimp cup at the Heisman ceremony, and da U was going to win the ACC. But reality set in and it's off the Meinke Car Bowl. Charlotte is nice that time of year..

Tim will ALWAYS take up for his teammates. Wouldn't YOU want to play with a guy like that?? NO WONDER he makes everyone around him a better player!!

Reptiles, that's a good point and should not be discounted.

As for depth at quarterback behind Brantley, redshirt freshman Jordan Reed will be the back-up next season and high school senior Trey Burton (a UF commitment) is expected to sign with the Gators in Feb.

-jo-

the silence of the UM contingent warms the cockles of my heart. going to sleep well tonight...

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