Florida will win…AGAIN

Florida will win...AGAIN

by Kate SimpsonStaff Writer

So what if it started with the first scoreless first quarter since the 1999 Bowl Championship Series National Championship, by the fourth quarter of the last year’s championship, 78,468 rabid fans at Dolphin Stadium were standing on their feet.

Senior kicker Jonathan Phillips tacked on an extra three points to help the University of Florida beat the Oklahoma Sooners 24-14, and win the prestigious 2008 BCS title.

The Gators had won their second National Championship in three years, third of all time, and they’re out to win another one. With Tim Tebow, the rest of the outstanding team and coach Urban Meyer to bring it all together, this team could definitely do it.

Let’s start with the obvious 6’3″, 245-pound-key to the team. Some call him Superman, but Tim Tebow is the name.

Most people have heard of him, which isn’t surprising considering he was the first sophomore to ever win the famous Heisman Trophy.

He is the best dual-threat quarterback, and quite possibly the best player in college football. He can bench over 400 pounds, he is one of the fastest college football quarterbacks and he isn’t even limited at quarterback.

He could literally play whatever position he wanted and he would still be one of the best at it. He is just that athletic.

On top of it all, he is without a doubt one of the most determined and hard working players ever. Last year at a press conference he made a promise between tears and anger to his loyal fans after the team’s one and only loss.

“I promise you one thing, a lot of good will come out of this: You will never see any player in the entire country play as hard as I will play the rest of the season. You will never see someone push the rest of the team as hard as I will push everybody the rest of the season. You will never see a team play harder than we will the rest of the season.”

Tebow is the leader, backbone and spirit of the team.

If anyone can do it, Superman can.

But the Gators aren’t a one-man show either. Eighteen of the 22 starters are returning for another season full of wins. Small but swift Jeffery Demps is back at running back and outstanding twins Maurkice and Mike Pouncey are back as offensive linemen.

But Tebow’s offense isn’t the only thing feared. Under the direction of linebacker Brandon Spikes – who skipped out on going to the NFL and came back for his senior year, Major Wright – who is ready to continue on with his impressive interceptions, and the other nine returning defensive players, the Gators have possibly the most frightening defense as well.

As if all of this wasn’t enough, Florida clearly has the best coaching staff in the Southeastern Conference.

Coach Urban Meyer is considered one of the best coaches of college football and is certainly giving Pete Carroll of USC a run for his money.

Florida has won 20 consecutive season openers, which puts Meyer at 9-0 in season openers as a head coach. His overall record as head coach is an impressive 83-17.

Before he came to Florida in 2005, he was the head coach at the University of Utah and became the first coach ever to lead a non-BCS-conference-team to a BCS bowl.

Meyer is one of the most creative and inventive coaches when it comes to his signature-spread offense.

He knows how to use and motivate his players to the best of their abilities. He is young but has been extremely successful in his 20 years of coaching.

I’m not alone in thinking the Gators will be number one again this year, however.

All 15 ESPN experts put the Gators at number one this season, too. In the Associated Press’ preseason Top 25, Florida received 58 of the 60 first-place votes (96.7 percent), which is a record-breaking number. No team has ever had as many first-place votes.

So there is really even no need to listen to me. Just look at the polls. Or even better yet, watch and learn.