Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOT MAKING ANY SNAP JUDGMENTS; Tebow Has Inauspicious Beginning to Practice

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOT MAKING ANY SNAP JUDGMENTS; Tebow Has Inauspicious Beginning to Practice

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Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO

MOBILE, Ala. - The first snap hit the ground.

A few moments later, another. And another.

It was not exactly a scintillating beginning to Tim Tebow's first Senior Bowl practice. The former Florida quarterback dropped several snaps under center during warmups, which caused a bit of a stir because that is something Tebow has to prove he can do to play on the next level.

Nobody, however, was too worried about it - especially because Oklahoma State's Zac Robinson and West Virginia's Jarrett Brown struggled a bit, too.

"Our three quarterbacks right now all are guys who spent an awful lot of time in the shotgun, so getting them under center right now on a regular basis is something all the teams are going to want to see," said squad coach Tony Sparano, the Miami Dolphins head coach. "They're going to have to operate under the center in our league, so that's going to be important. That combination takes a little bit of time and as the week goes on, that'll get better and better, and in fact got better during practice today."

Each quarterback was taking snaps from several centers, which was a bigger reason they dropped snaps than their unfamiliarity with working under center in college, Sparano said. Being on the field for the first time in three or four weeks didn't help either.

"It's hard to work on taking snaps from a center because you don't know who your center is," Tebow said after practice. "Every center is a little bit different."

The issue of Tebow under center has apparently been made into something bigger than it really is, because Jaguars general manager Gene Smith and a scout from an AFC team both said it wasn't much of a worry.

"Certainly he's learning as a quarterback, working under center, which I think is going to help him this week," Smith said. "He did some of that at Florida, too. In the NFL, I tell you there's a lot of teams that are evolving more to what's being done at Florida and around the country with more of the spread, shotgun-type offenses.

"I don't think it's that big of a concern, personally. I just think he's a guy that will put so much into learning how to do things at a better level that [snaps] will not be a major problem for him. …

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