Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow joined “XL Primetime” on 1010XL Radio in Jacksonville to preview this weekend’s game between the Gators and Bulldogs in Jacksonville. Tebow, who will be in Jacksonville with the SEC Network’s “SEC Nation” show, is looking forward to Saturday.
“I’m excited because this is going to be a huge weekend,” Tebow told 1010XL. “To be honest I think this is the biggest Florida-Georgia game since maybe 2008. I’m pumped for this weekend. Both teams have had great seasons and I’m excited.”
It’s not a surprise to many that Georgia is ranked in the Top 10 coming into this game, but what about Florida joining them there?
“To be honest, I’m not that surprised,” Tebow said. “I think what they have been able to do is tremendous, but I’m not surprised.
“At the beginning of the year I thought Florida was a very young team that hadn’t figured it out, but once they figure out how to play as a team and push themselves to the next limits; they just have too much talent and coaching not to be one of the best teams in the SEC.
“I think in that Tennessee game they kind of figured a few things out and it gave them confidence. They were then able to play with confidence, emotion and passion, more than I have seen in the last few years put together.”
Tebow is high on the development of current Gator starting quarterback Feleipe Franks.
“I think he has improved so much, but I think that started last January,” Tebow said. “It was a process in the making of getting him not so much physically tough, but mentally tough. Getting him ready to handle the pressure, the criticism, and all the talk shows talking about last year.
“I think a major turning point for him is when he threw the interception against Mississippi State and how he battled back from it. I looked at that as a guy with a totally different mindset from what he had last year.
“After that interception he stepped up and was like, ‘ok, I had a bad play, but it won’t happen again,’ and that is the mindset that a quarterback has to have. You have to believe that you are the best player on the field. You have to believe that when you have the ball, your team is in great shape.
“He is getting there. Is he all the way there yet? I don’t think so, but he is improving that mindset, he is believing in his talent and believing in the coaching.
“My advice to him is to continue to follow the process. It’s never as good as it seems and it’s never as bad as it seems. Just try to improve every single day and I really feel since Kentucky, he has been doing that.”
Florida only won four games in 2017 and already in 2018, with a similar roster, has won six games and finds themselves ranked inside the Top 10. Tebow was asked what first-year head coach Dan Mullen has done to turn things around so quickly.
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