Even though Tim Tebow bleeds orange and blue, he can’t deny LSU enters The Swamp on Saturday with a special quarterback.
The Heisman Trophy winner will be inducted into Florida’s ring of honor during the first quarter break of the SEC showdown, so he’ll get a good look at LSU’s big man on campus.
No. 5 LSU is off to a 5-0 record with graduate transfer quarterback Joe Burrow under center.
No. 22 Florida (4-1) enters on a three-game winning streak after a Sept. 8 loss to Kentucky.
Tebow, who guided the Gators to national championships in 2006 and 2008 during the BCS era, showered Burrow with praise on ESPNU Radio, even comparing him to Matt Flynn, the last LSU quarterback to win a national championship (2007).
Through 5 games for @LSUfootball, Joe Burrow has 6 TD, 0 INT, and 5 wins.
— College Sports on SiriusXM (@SXMCollege) October 3, 2018
“A lot of people knocked him because he didn’t win that (Ohio State) job,” Tebow said as transcribed by Saturday Down South. “But he lost the job to someone who is probably No. 3 in the Heisman race right now. He’s been really efficient, effective. He’s been really clutch in big situations. I think he’s getting better. He’s a better athlete than people give him credit for. I think he has a better arm than people think. He’s a tough kid and he doesn’t make a lot of bad decisions. … A lot of people also look at him as a game manager, and I think he’s so much more than that.”
That’s high praise from Tebow, who racked up a 35-6 record in four seasons (2006-09) as a Gator, posting an SEC-record 170.8 career pass efficiency rating and finished his collegiate career with 28 school records, 14 conference marks and five NCAA records according to ESPN.com.
Burrow has taken care of the ball at a perfect rate (six touchdowns, no interceptions) for a 134.1 passer rating along with 1,023 yards.
If Burrow continues his efficient ways, LSU will have an excellent shot to leave Gainesville with a sixth straight victory.
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