Hat-tip to The Bull Gator for reminding that November 18 is a notable anniversary:
November 18, 2006: In a late-season romp over an overmatched 1-AA opponent (Western Carolina), Tim Tebow quickly took over from starter Chris Leak and produced 4 TDs, including 2 to Riley Cooper (who caught 3 TDs in the game). Tebow finished 10/12 for 200 yards, with 47 yards rushing. The final score: 62-0.
I was actually at the game in person and remember feeling giddy watching Tebow run an open-throttle version of Urban Meyer's spread offense -- and at the prospects of Tebow taking over at QB full-time in 2007 and beyond.
Meyer summed it up best:
"He's pretty good. He's a full-functioning quarterback."
Let's call that "Foreshadowing."
What an interesting bookend, with overmatched Florida International coming in this weekend. It's not Tebow's final game in The Swamp, but it should have a similar "changing-of-the-guard" feeling as Tebow exits early for heir-apparent John Brantley, who will see extended action.
(I'm actually working on something more extensive about that right now.)