Sunday, September 03, 2006

Chris Leak's First Shart of 2006; The Bow Makes an Appearance

Leak and The Bow share a Brown-Note moment. The Bow demos how to run the option with a biscuit in his pants Leak gambles with sharting and appears to win Looks bad for Leak. The poo towel is useless

Success!! I can run the option without having an "accident"

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From Gator Sports:

As Tim Tebow walked up under center a yard away from his first touchdown, the scene was surreal on a surreal opening day to the 2006 football season. On a day when the coach who knocked Florida out of the SEC Championship Game last year received the biggest cheer, Tebow's first appearance as a Gator was greeted with a blinding array of flashbulbs lighting up the stands. Tebow led Florida to the clinching touchdown drive Saturday night. OK, so it was only a 6-yard drive that turned into an 11-yard drive when he called out the wrong cadence and Florida was penalized. And then he called the wrong formation. But he still managed to overpower a Southern Miss defender and score his first Gator touchdown. "Let's go Tee-bow!" the fans chanted as the teams headed to the other end of the field as the quarters changed. And, oh yeah, Chris Leak threw three touchdown passes. The much-anticipated opening day for Florida was just that - opening day. Don't read too much into the first game of the season. But if that's what you like to do, you probably came away with these thoughts. More Tebow. "He's going to will his way into the end zone a lot during his career," Urban Meyer said. But he didn't play very much because of illness during the week and the tightness of the game. More Percy Harvin. Although he cut his route short leading to an interception on the third play of the game, you saw why Harvin is special. Receivers don't usually lead the team in rushing. You also saw an offense that struggled to get going, a defense that made big plays and an opening-day win, which is all that really matters. You know that DeShawn Wynn needs to stay healthy. He ran hard but when a neck stinger knocked him out of the game, he took the Florida running game with him. Wynn had 45 yards on seven carries, but Florida couldn't get much going after his injury. Except when Tebow was in the game. The threat of his running ability allowed Kestahn Moore to get 10 big yards to set up Tebow's touchdown. And you also know that whatever Marcus Thomas did, he'd better not do it again. Thomas landed in Meyer's doghouse right next to Steven Harris and the absence of the two tackles meant the only way the Gators could pressure the quarterback was to blitz. The tackles who did play looked like they were auditioning for "Dancing With The Stars," grappling with offensive linemen and going nowhere. "You take a good player out of the lineup and it's going to affect your defense," Meyer said. You know the biggest question mark coming into the season was the offensive line and it is still a concern. But the best thing about Saturday night was that the five starters have five more starts under their collective belts. "It's going to help, just them knowing that they've started a game together," Leak said. Nothing that happened in this first game reminded anyone of the team that was honored before the game. The 1996 team is always going to be the measuring stick. The magic of the best offense ever at UF didn't exactly rub off on the 2006 team. After all of the preseason hoopla about these Gators, they got off to a miserable start, made their fans edgy and their coach disappointed at several aspects of the game. But it was a win. And I've learned not to read too much into it. After Florida struggled with Houston to start the 1995 season, I wrote that it might be a long season for the guy who was Florida's coach at the time. "And it was," Steve Spurrier reminded me after the season was over. "We played all the way to Jan. 2." So enjoy the win and enjoy what was a special day. And enjoy, Gator fans, the class you showed in the pregame ceremony. After all the talk about the reception you'd give your former coach, you blew him away. And that's what will be remembered. Contact Pat Dooley at 374-5053 or Dooley's columns appear Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

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