Sunday, January 11, 2009

He'll be back

Tim Tebow announced Sunday that he'll stick around at Florida for his senior year in hopes of playing for a third national title.
" ... Let's do it again. I’m coming back,” Tebow said.

Tebow thrilled more than 40,000 at the school’s national championship celebration Sunday by announcing plans to return for his senior season.

"Overall, I just felt loyal to this place. ... I wanted to finish what I started and play another year.”
I wrote just a couple of days ago about the distressing number of big-time players jumping to the NFL this year, but considering that two of the three Heisman finalists (Tebow and McCoy) have announced their intentions to return -- with Sam Bradford apparently still undecided -- I can't complain too much.

Looking ahead, Tebow's return makes Florida the clear-cut No. 1 team going into next season. Not a single starter on defense was a senior, and while it's still possible that Brandon Spikes and Percy Harvin could declare for the draft, the only other losses on either side of the ball are offensive tackles Phil Trautwein and Jason Watkins and receiver Louis Murphy.

In other words, barring some off-the-field shenanigans, your defending national champions will return a minimum of 17 starters, including a quarterback who will go down as one of the greatest in college football history. Yikes ...

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