Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tebow vows to finish strong

Antonya English has the scoop:

Florida QB Tim Tebow won't finish out his college career the way he had envisioned — with an undefeated season and back-to-back national championships.

But Tebow has one last promise to make to Gator fans. Florida's pride and desire to finish strong will ensure the Gators will be ready to play against Cincinnati in the Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl.

"You've got to finish strong," Tebow said. "It's the last game I'll play in as a Gator, and obviously I want to win it very badly. And so do the other seniors. We just want to leave the right way."

The Gators' 32-13 loss to Alabama in the SEC title game derailed the undefeated season and the hopes of a national title but not their desire to finish 13-1.

"We've got great chemistry on this team and great leadership, and I know we're going to pull together," junior C Maurkice Pouncey said. "We're already watching film. It's a hard one to shake. Any time you lose a big-time game like that, it's hard to shake. But you've got to move on from the past."

"We're just trying to get it out of our minds right now and just focus on Cincinnati," junior CB Joe Haden said. "It definitely is (easier said than done), but we just know we've got another game and we don't want to have the Alabama game mess us up for this game we've got coming up."

Tebow, who has taken great pride in leading this team, said it's up to him and other team leaders to rally the Gators one last time.

"If you are a leader, you have to lead by example if everyone is going to follow you," he said. "They are going to respond to you and how you react. I think that's the most important thing as a leader."

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