Ben Volin has the scoop:
Tim Tebow never backed down to a challenge in four years as a Gator, and that won’t change now that he’s a professional.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports today that Tebow will, in fact, play in the Senior Bowl, to be held January 30 in Mobile, Ala. Tebow is not listed on the Senior Bowl’s official roster yet, but Mortensen reports that Tebow will play for the South team, which will be coached by the Miami Dolphins staff.
Traditionally, the top draft-eligible quarterbacks do not play in the Senior Bowl and decline to throw passes at the NFL Combine in February because they have nothing to gain and everything to lose.
Tebow, however, is the opposite. Though he is rated as the No. 2 senior quarterback available in the draft by ESPN’s Mel Kiper and a borderline first-round pick, Tebow’s passing abilities have always been called into question — specifically his elongated delivery, arm strength and ability to read a defense.
By playing in the Senior Bowl, Tebow has nothing to lose. If he doesn’t pass well, his valuation won’t change much. But if he throws well, he could silence many doubters.
Mortensen writes that “two NFL sources, one head coach and one GM, said Tebow’s performance in the Sugar Bowl was another strong endorsement in his favor. In that game, Tebow completed 31 of 35 passes for 482 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Gators over Cincinnati to cap a career that included a Heisman Trophy and two national titles.”
Tebow also told the Post at the Heisman ceremony last month that he plans on throwing at the Combine and doing “whatever they ask of me.” The only thing he may not do at the Combine is lift weights — everyone already knows Tebow is a beast in the weightroom, and lifting could tighten his muscles and negatively affect his throwing performance.
And in other Tebow news……
Sexton represents a handful of elite NFL players, including Philip Rivers, Jason Witten, DeAngelo Williams and Chris Samuels.
But Sexton was the perfect choice if Tebow ever wants to be a football coach. Among Sexton’s clients: Butch Davis, Frank Beamer, Jimbo Fisher, both Kiffins, Bill Parcells, Houston Nutt, Nick Saban, Tony Sparano, Will Muschamp and Rex Ryan.