Florida: Superman Is Human
Turns out college football's Superman is human, and he's got a broken right hand to prove it. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow will be in a cast for at least two weeks after breaking his non-throwing hand during Saturday's I'm-gonna-win-me-the-Heisman performance against Florida State. After doing some preliminary sideline tests, team doctors told the sophomore he could stay in the game, but X-rays later showed the injury was far more severe than originally thought.
Tebow sustained a non-displaced fracture in his right hand during a 5-yard touchdown run on the opening drive of the third quarter. It could not have been too debilitating, since Tebow did throw a 31-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, after sustaining the injury, but that also speaks to the toughness of the Heisman Trophy hopeful. Tebow finished the day with another eye-popping performance, 89 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 13 carries to go with 19 of 28 passing for 262 yards and another three scores, and the performance is all the more impressive knowing that Tebow's hand was broken for half of it.
For the Gators, the timing could not have been better. The win over Florida State marked Florida's final game of the regular season, and Tebow will have plenty of time to rest that hand before taking the field again in January. The Gators will most likely play in either the Capital One Bowl or the Outback Bowl, both on New Year's Day, and Tebow's hand should, barring any further complications, be back to full strength in plenty of time for him to put on another show in the new year. Not that he needs that hand, apparently, to lead his team to victory.
If only Dennis Dixon could have waited until his final game of the season to tear his ACL, the Heisman race might look a whole lot different right now. But as it stands, even with a broken hand, Tebow still appears to be Superman.