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est quar­ter­backs. You put a lit­tle pres­sure on them, they're bound to flinch.

"He was a lit­tle shaken up by that. He was al­most un­touch­able last year, but we were able to get back there."

Te­bow in­jured his right shoul­der the pre­vi­ous week at Ken­tucky and re­ceived a painkilling shot be­fore fac­ing the Bull­dogs. As a re­sult, he was hes­i­tant to run, of­ten stay­ing in the pocket too long, and strug­gled to find open re­ceivers.

He looked noth­ing like the guy who ran roughshod over op­po­nents most of the year.

"He's not lim­ited now," coach Ur­ban Meyer said. "He's got that Te­bow look. I love that Te­bow look."

Te­bow had a much dif­fer­ent look af­ter that game. He fought back tears try­ing to ex­plain the loss, know­ing the Ga­tors were es­sen­tially done in the SEC East race. Mak­ing mat­ters worse, it hap­pened in his home­town and in front of hun­dreds of friends and fam­ily mem­bers.

Te­bow vowed to be bet­ter this sea­son, and al­though he hasn't put up the gaudy num­ber he had en route to be­com­ing the first sopho­more to win the Heis­man Tro­phy, he still leads the con­fer­ence in pass ef­fi­ciency and ranks sec­ond in to­tal of­fense.

He has com­pleted 63 per­cent of his passes for 1,415 yards, with 10 touch­downs and two in­ter­cep­tions. He also has 82 car­ries for 227 yards and five scores.

"Tim Te­bow does a great job of run­ning the show," Ge­or­gia coach Mark Richt said. "He prob­a­bly felt in the past that he had to carry the team a lit­tle bit more than he does this year. He has tremendous sup­port."

Moreno hasn't needed much sup­port.

The sopho­more has three straight 100-yard rush­ing games, in­clud­ing a com­bined 335 yards the last two weeks against Van­der­bilt and LSU.

He was even bet­ter last year against Florida, run­ning for a ca­reer-high 188 yards and three touch­downs.

The Bull­dogs es­tab­lished Moreno early, run­ning him eight times in nine plays dur­ing their first drive — the one that ended with his 1-yard touch­down that set off the con­tentious cel­e­bra­tion in the end zone.

He was just get­ting started, too. Moreno ran around, through and even jumped over Florida de­fend­ers, wear­ing them out with each of his 33 car­ries. He seemed to play with more pas­sion and en­thu­si­asm than any­one wear­ing or­ange and blue.

"Just a sen­sa­tional player," Florida de­fen­sive line coach Dan McCar­ney said. "One of the best in all of col­lege foot­ball. That's not any over­state­ment, be­lieve me. ... He's as good as I've ever coached against or had on my team or any team I've been on.

"He's great for the game of col­lege foot­ball when you don't have to try to tackle him like we do this week."

The Ga­tors (6-1, 4-1) have been much bet­ter against the run this sea­son. They held LSU's Charles Scott to 35 yards on 12 car­ries and were just as good against Ten­nessee's Arian Foster (14 car­ries, 37 yards).

"We haven't played our best game yet," Spikes said. "If we play great up front, I think we'll win this ball game."

But every­one agrees that Moreno present a much tougher chal­lenge be­cause of his com­bi­na­tion of size, strength, speed and elu­sive­ness. He has 925 yards rush­ing and 12 touch­downs for Ge­or­gia (7-1, 4-1) and is av­er­ag­ing 6.2 yards a carry.

"It's hard to de­scribe what makes him good," Richt said. "I think No. 1, he's got a com­pet­i­tive spirit that just doesn't al­low him to like to get tack­led, doesn't al­low him to do any­thing other than play and prac­tice at full speed. He's got great bal­ance. He can make peo­ple miss in a very small space."

The Ga­tors saw that first­hand last year and know they have to do a bet­ter job against him Satur­day.

If not, push-ups.

it could mean more

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