Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

GATORS NOTEBOOK; Career Question for Tebow

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

GATORS NOTEBOOK; Career Question for Tebow

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Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO

GAINESVILLE -- Is this going to Tim Tebow's final season at UF?

Florida's junior quarterback will be asked that question a lot in the coming months, and it popped up on Friday during the Gators' annual media day. Tebow's response was not surprising -- he said he would make that decision later -- but it's apparent that the issue isn't as cut and dried as it was when Tebow said during his freshman season that he was definitely staying four years.

"If I'm blessed to have a great season, that's great," Tebow said. "We'll look at everything, pray about it, talk to the coaches, but that's not something I'm worried about. That's not something I'm focusing on.

"I'm not anxious to leave the University of Florida whatsoever."

More than his potential draft position will factor in the decision. When asked if Tebow could see himself leaving UF without winning a national title as a starting quarterback, his reply was, "I don't want to."

POTENTIAL IMPACT FRESHMEN

Safety Will Hill, defensive tackle Omar Hunter, cornerbacks Jeremy Brown and Janoris Jenkins, and running back Jeff Demps are freshmen who are expected to make an impact this season, but two more have made a push for playing time. Receiver Frankie Hammond Jr., and defensive end William Green have caught the coaches' attention during the first week of practice and might see some playing time.

Hammond caught 46 passes for 880 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior at Hallandale High School, and the 6-foot, 170-pounder has picked up the offense quicker than receivers coach Billy Gonzales anticipated.

"One thing about Frankie is that he's extremely smart. He's a hard worker," Gonzales said. "Any time you come into a system with multiple sets you have to be a smart guy. He is an extremely fast learner and he will have the opportunity to make plays. …

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