JEFF: Sunshine Supermen
By Jeff Falconio
For quarterbacks of the University of Florida this weekend is about the good, the bad, and the ugly. Obviously the ugly part is Rex Grossman. The former Gator is symbolic of the Chicago Bears. When he's healthy and somewhat accurate, the Bears win games. When he was crumpled on the ground with yet another injury you could almost hear the sound of Chicago's season going right down the drain. The loss to Washington on Thursday effectively ended Chicago's playoff hopes and served as a reminder that Grossman has trouble staying healthy.
Brock Berlin spent one year at Florida as the understudy to Grossman in 2001. He then transferred to Miami and in 2004 he was my pick to win the Heisman Trophy. Berlin is what we refer to on the show as one of "my guys." I've been a fan since day one. I probably should've known better considering Berlin couldn't get ahead of Grossman. So, Berlin never quite lived up to expectations and was unable to duplicate the success Ken Dorsey had at Miami. Berlin entered the NFL but was always buried on the depth chart. Until today. Berlin, the number three QB for the Rams, gets his first career start today against Cincinnati. He's been pretty bad in the past but against Cincinnati's troubled defense, Berlin could look very much like the Heisman candidate I thought he was three years ago.
Of course, the good part belongs to Tim Tebow. I don't care that he is a sophomore. The Heisman Trophy is about the best player of the year. Not the best senior or the best draft-eligible player but the best player. The numbers Tebow put up this year were astronomical. The first 20/20 player in college football history (that would be 20 rushing TDs and 20 passing TDs) Tebow racked up 51 touchdowns for the Gators this season. Think about that number for a moment. In a 12 game season, Tebow averaged slightly more than four touchdowns a game. While other quarterbacks faded down the stretch, Tebow remained consistent, putting up big numbers and leading the Gators to the Capital One Bowl. In 2007, Tebow was indeed a sunshine Superman.