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More reaction on the Tebow hit

By Mike McCall

While we wait for more information on the severity of Tebow's injury, here's some post-game reaction.

UF LB Ryan Stamper

On the hit: “To me, when I saw him, my heart just dropped. I’ve never seen him like that before, where he’s not moving. I wanted to put a big emphasis on watching the offense this game, because a lot of times I try to sit on the sideline and work things out on the defense and get my rest. I wanted to watch the offense, so I saw the play, and I saw the lineman coming the whole way. When he hit him and he didn’t get up, I was just praying to God that it wasn’t a neck or a spine problem. I think that lifted up the defense to play a lot harder after that.”

On when he visited Tebow on the sideline: “He still looked pretty out of it. I went over and shook his hand, and he shook mine back. I didn’t want to talk to him because I didn’t want to take his attention. He was already going through a lot.”

UK DE Taylor Wyndham

The play: "What happened was that the tackle blocked down and I was unblocked. I came from the corner and hit him. It was just a normal hit. I didn't really think that much about it. He is a big guy. I just thought it was a normal play and a normal hit and everything."

UK coach Rich Brooks

"I feel bad for a guy like him to have a concussion, but when you look at how many times he carries and throws the ball, he hasn't had too many injuries, so he has been a pretty fortunate guy."

"It was a clean hit. ... It looked like it knocked him out, and it looked to me like the ball was on the ground."

UF QB John Brantley

“I was taken aback because that was a nasty hit,” Brantley said. “The way he just froze up, it was unbelievable. My thoughts and prayers go out to him, and I’ll hopefully see him [Sunday] or Monday.” 

Urban Meyer said if Tebow can't play Oct. 10 against LSU, it'll be Brantley leading an offense similar to the one run by Chris Leak.


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