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Tim Tebow to Showcase Skills in Mobile for All Star Week
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Frank Coyle has been a consultant for the Senior Bowl for 15 years.
University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow ended months of speculation on whether or not he would attend the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl by officially accepting an invitation. The former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national champion is the most decorated player to ever play in the Senior Bowl. Kickoff for the January 30th event is scheduled for 3pm (CT) in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game and all practices will be televised by the NFL Network.
Despite enormous success in college, Tebow has been highly criticized as a future NFL starting QB. His elongated delivery has been criticized as telegraph his throws and taking too much time to deliver the ball to receivers. It certanly did not hinder his success on the field in the tough SEC or his fine accuracy as a passer. The Senior Bowl practices will go a long ways in determining his draft position whether a top pick and potential starting QB or a prospect with talent and upside who may be limited to a Wild Cat performer. “The NFL has been a dream of mine since I was a little boy and I’m now getting close to capturing that dream and I want to do everything I can to show that I can play quarterback.” Tebow stated this week.
Tebow has been a fan favorite nationwide and is arguably the greatest college football player ever. He will head to Mobile fresh off the best performance of his career--a BCS record 533 total yards of offense (482 pass, 51 rush) on 31 of 35 passing in the Gators' Sugar Bowl victory over Cincinnati. Voted the game’s Most Outstanding Player, Tebow accounted for 4 TDs in the win (3 pass, 1 rush), to improve his career mark as a starter to 35- 6. He also set a Sugar Bowl record by completing his first 12 passes.
“One of my reasons to play (in the Senior Bowl) was because I love competing and I love what it takes to be a football player. There are a lot of things in training that you do but you are not playing football. This (the Senior Bowl) is the only thing where you are playing football and showing football skills. That’s why I think something like the Senior Bowl is very important,” Tebow said.
Tebow’s college résumé is very impressive starting with being the first sophomore to ever win the Heisman Trophy Award, a two-time winner of the Maxwell Award (Collegiate Player of the Year) and the owner of numerous NCAA, SEC and school records. His trophy case is filled with every major college football award in existence---Heisman (2007), Maxwell (2007, 2008), Manning (2008) and O’Brien (2007) and he is the only player in NCAA history to ever rush and pass for more than 20 TDs in a single season (2007).
“I’m very excited,” Tebow said of playing in the Senior Bowl. “It’s something where I get an opportunity to play with a lot of great players and get coached by a lot of great coaches in the NFL and an opportunity to work in an NFL system and do things that a lot of people haven’t seen me do like go under center and take the drops and be in a pro style system.” Tebow is the first QB officially announced to the 2010 Senior Bowl roster. He will play on the South squad later this month which will be coached by the Miami Dolphins.
As a senior, Tebow was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year, the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year and a first team All-SEC selection (AP & Coaches) after throwing for 2,895 yards and 21 touchdowns. He added another 910 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground. He was a second team All- American (AP, Walter Camp, Sporting News) and for the third consecutive year a Heisman Trophy finalist. He also took home the William V. Campbell Trophy (formerly known as the Draddy Trophy), which goes to college football’s top scholar-athlete. For his illustrious career, the left-handed quarterback threw for 8,803 yards and 85 TDs and rushed for an additional 2,947 yards and 57 touchdowns. He helped the Gators win two SEC championships and was part of the winningest senior class in conference history.
“Tim is quite possibly the best college player in the history of the sport,” Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said. “More important than that, he’s an incredible person. When I met with Tim and his family it became very clear why he is so successful. He has a tremendous support system and we are excited that he’ll be bringing his talents here to Mobile.”
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“It’s truly a blessing to work with their (Dolphins) staff led by Coach Sparano and Coach Parcells." Tebow added. "Those are two great coaches and I’ve heard nothing but great things about their program all the way down to the interns and GAs and how they run it and I look forward to the opportunity to working with them.”
The Jacksonville, Florida native is incredibly active off the field as well. In 2009 alone, he performed nearly 700 hours of community service and regularly preaches to inmates at prisons and takes mission trips to the Philippines with his family.
Tickets for the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl are currently available for purchase at the Senior Bowl ticket offices (151 Dauphin Street and inside Bel Air Mall), select Regions Bank locations, online at www.seniorbowl.com or by calling (251) 432-4109.