Yeah, that Tim Tebow kid? He's pretty good. Percy Harvin? Yep, heard of him. Both players shined in Florida's impressive 59-20 win over Tennessee Saturday. But they are only the tip of the talent iceberg on UF's roster.
Look at the numbers: Florida rushed for 299 yards against the Vols, but no one player had more than 75 yards. The starting tailback, Kestahn Moore, was third in rushing yards behind a quarterback (Tebow) and wideout (Harvin). Seven different Gators had a run go at least 10 yards.
The Florida rushing attack comes at you from unexpected places, including quarterback, flanker, wideout and anywhere else Urban Meyer seems to line guys up. Harvin had the most spectacular run, a 19-yard touchdown scamper that left the Vol defense grasping at thin air in hopes Percy might suddenly materialize there. But the longest run was Jarrod Fayson's 28-yard effort in the second quarter.
Fayson typifies the kind athlete Urban Meyer likes to feature in his version of the spread offense. A high school quarterback at Tampa Hillsborough, Fayson was converted to wideout as a freshman, but is now used coming out of the backfield in a traditional tailback role.
Speaking of wideouts, Florida seems to have an unlimited supply of those, too. Four different receivers had plays of 25 yards or more, including Cornelius Ingram, another hybrid at tight end.
Not to be outdone, the special teams has its own special player. Brandon James is a home-run threat on every return, and despite the one muffed punt on Saturday near his goal line, is consistently giving Florida excellent field position on kick returns.
Somehow, Urban Meyer is spreading the ball around to all these playmakers, giving each a chance to contribute to the team's success. It must give SEC defensive coordinators nightmares to try to gameplan against the Gators when they have no idea who's going to get the ball next.
What's really scary is that most of these offensive stars are underclassmen. Get used to those sleepless nights, SEC coaches.
Gator Nation Players of the Game: Tim Tebow (360 all-purpose yards, 4 TDs), Percy Harvin (195 all-purpose yards, 1 TD)