The rest of the Q&A from Monday's press conference with Tebow from Ben Volin:
What will we notice different about the offense in terms of under center, hurry-up offense, etc?
“I don’t think you’ll be able to notice anything different – maybe 10 percent different. Same base offense, same philosophies, but there will be some different things in short yardage, play action. (Oklahoma’s quick-snap offense) that’s something we’ll look at. We’ve always had a no-huddle package. It’s something we’ll have to practice, see how it goes this week.”
How much do you feel you have improved on your mechanics?
“I know we worked on fundamentals a lot. I think I’ve improved as a passer, being accurate. That’s a huge quality as a quarterback – something that you have to have is accuracy. I think I’ve improved on that, worked a lot on it with Coach Loeffler, so we’ll see.”
How do you choose the appropriate time to get fired up on the field, in the locker room, etc?
“It’s not really like I think, ‘Alright, this is my time to do it. This is just kind of what happens. I’ll just kind of lose it or get excited. That’s just my nature. I get so jacked up or excited that it’s more of a feel thing. It’s like I’m about to explode if I don’t.”
What did you think of getting an insurance policy?
“I don’t really care about it, I don’t really want it. I just want to not worry about injuries. My mindset is always if I get injured I’ll come back from it.”
Danny Wuerffel once said that running out of the tunnel is like in Roger Rabbit, when you see all of the colors.
“I’ve never seen that movie.”
So what’s it like for you?
“It’s special. I think the most memorable part of it for me isn’t running out. I’m always one of the last ones to run out, I see everybody in front of me running out and then I hear the crowd and then I come jogging out. I think that’s what’s most special – watching the whole team run out and being behind them and hearing the crowd once they see them run out and then just this roar, that’s the best part for me. It’s really cool.
Do you ever feel too tired after the game to do the victory lap?
“I enjoy doing it. The comments you get from fans are, ‘Thank you so much,’ or a little five year old says I touched your hand after the game. That’s what makes it special. It’s just a simple thank you, that’s all it is, but the reward for doing that is definitely worth it.”
Do you ever wish all the money being made off your jersey would go to you or some of your charities?
All the money they’re generating from that is probably going to good use. If I had to choose, I’d give it to the Boys and Girls Blub or something, helping underprivileged kids, but that’s not my call or opportunity to do that. But I’m sure it’s going to good use. That doesn’t irritate me at all or frustrate me.”
Do you like the way the schedule sets up this year?
“I do like how it sets up. Go to LSU, Tennessee comes here.”
Senior day against FSU.
“That will be fun.”
And what’s with the beard?
“It’s not called a beard, it’s just called being lazy. (Mom) told me I have to shave before the game, so I will.”
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