Ben Volin has the whole story here, but the money quotes are below:
Be patient Gators, be patient.
Tuesday was filled with positive news about Tim Tebow’s return from a concussion.
Tebow donned a full set of pads and participated in practice on a limited basis for the first time since suffering the injury on Sept. 26. And Urban Meyer revealed that in the last 48 hours, Tebow has returned to running on a treadmill, watching film, lifting weights – everything except full-contact.
Still, Meyer said don’t get too excited yet about Tebow potentially playing Saturday night when the No. 1 Gators square off against No. 4 LSU.
“I have to make that clear – he has not been cleared to play in the game Saturday night. Absolutely not,” Meyer said. “I don’t think that will happen for some time yet. Simply practiced a 20-period practice in full pads.”
Meyer said Tebow’s availability won’t be determined until “later this week” to see if any of his post-concussion symptoms return. Meyer said even if Tebow has been cleared 100 percent by his doctors, Meyer may still opt to play back-up quarterback John Brantley anyway, though Tebow will make the trip to Baton Rouge no matter what.
“He obviously practiced a lot different than what’s going to happen Saturday night, so there’s still a lot of evaluation to go,” Meyer said. When asked how to keep Tebow out of harm’s way on Saturday night, Meyer said: “I don’t know how you do that – major college football game, especially the team we’re playing.”
Tebow has never missed a game in his four-year Florida career, while Brantley, a red-shirt sophomore, has never played in anything but mop-up duty.
Meyer pulled Brantley aside before Tuesday’s practice for some encouragement.
“Grabbed him right before practice and said, ‘You prepare to play the game,’” Meyer said.