NEW ORLEANS -- Some player, that Tim Tebow, but can he do it at the next level? That's going to be the question for the next three months. The NFL Draft is in April.
If you missed Friday's Sugar Bowl -- Florida 51, Cincy 24 -- because you lost interest in the Gators after Alabama 32, Florida 13, then I've got some bad news for you: You missed the greatest game in the career of Gators quarterback Tim Tebow. If Friday was any kind of NFL preliminary test, then Tebow passed with like five gold stars and a smiley face.
How's this for a stat line: 31 of 35 for 482 yards passing and three touchdowns; 14 carries for 51 yards and one touchdown. Records were shattered on Friday in the Louisiana Superdome.
Tebow accounted for 533 yards of total offense, which set a record for a BCS bowl game. Former Texas quarterback Vince Young (2006 Rose Bowl) held the record with 467 yards of total offense before Tebow took that record and smashed it over his knee. Tebow's 482 yards passing was a school record. You read that correctly. Of all the passing quarterbacks that have played at UF, Tebow now holds the single-game school record.
Asked after the game if Tebow can play quarterback in the NFL, here's what UF coach Urban Meyer said.
"One of the most efficient quarterbacks to ever play the game, a part of two national championships, he's a winner and unless the job description changes at some other level of football, he's a winner and he'll win at the next level, too," Meyer said.
And at that point in the press conference, Tebow's entire family started applauding.
So, what do you think? Can Tebow hack it at the next level as a quarterback? For the next three months, that's all you're going to hear about on ESPN, so prepare yourself for more Tebow coverage.