Tim Tebow burst onto the college football scene in 2006 at Florida when he split time with senior Chris Leak at the quarterback position. As a true freshman, the NFL-bound Tebow ran for 469 yards and eight touchdowns on only 89 carries.
The Gators won a National Championship that season.
Now that Tebow is headed for the NFL, Florida head coach Urban Meyer is considering a switch back to the two-quarterback system the Gators ran when Tebow was a freshman, according to Mark Long of the Associated Press.
“We’re going to try and play two quarterbacks this year,” Meyer told Long. “We have to. On third-and-3, we know what we want to do, and John [Brantley] probably is not going to do it because he’s not that kind of player.”
The Gators have been using freshman quarterback Trey Burton and tight end Jordan Reed out of the shotgun in their single-wing offense this spring, as running backs Jeff Demps (track) and Emmanuel Moody (injuries) have been unavailable.
“Jordan Reed has proven he can do it, and Trey Burton can run well, too. This is the year I think we actually will play two like we played Tim and Chris Leak.”
There’s no doubt Gator fans are hoping this version of the two-QB system ends the same way the last version did—with a National Championship.
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