SEC stars Te­bow, Moreno keys to Florida, Ge­or­gia game

The Covington News - - Sports - By Mark Long

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — There's a ru­mor go­ing around that Florida de­fend­ers had to do 188 push-ups a day dur­ing off­sea­son con­di­tion­ing work­outs, one for ev­ery yard Ge­or­gia run­ning back Know­shon Moreno gained against the Ga­tors last sea­son.

"No com­ment," line­backer Bran­don Spikes said when asked about the rou­tine.

If it's true, imag­ine the pu­n­ish­ment Florida's of­fen­sive line suf­fered af­ter al­low­ing Tim Te­bow to get sacked six times in the 42-30 loss.

Al­though the game will be re­mem­bered for the Bull­dogs' brash end-zone cel­e­bra­tion, the out­come was more di­rectly re­lated to how the long­time South­east­ern Con­fer­ence ri­vals han­dled each other's star. It could be key again Satur­day in Jack­sonville, when the No. 8 Bull­dogs and No. 5 Ga­tors meet in an­other high-stakes show­down.

Try­ing to pro­tect a bruised, non-throw­ing shoul­der, Te­bow was sacked a ca­reer­high six times, never got the of­fense go­ing and fin­ished with 221 yards of to­tal of­fense. It was one of the worst games of his ca­reer.

"I think we rat­tled Tim Te­bow and the of­fense," Ge­or­gia de­fen­sive line­man Geno Atkins said. "We wanted to pres­sure him. No one re­ally works that well un­der pres­sure, not even the great-

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