Rich Brooks is thankful Florida
quarterback Tim Tebow wasn't seriously hurt following a vicious hit
in the third quarter of the top-ranked Gators' 41-7 win over the
Wildcats on Saturday night.
The jarring hit on the superstar left players on both sides of
the field shaken. Tebow spent the night in the hospital before
returning to Gainesville, Fla. on Sunday morning.
"I told him these things happen in football and you can't feel
responsible for an injury that may or may not have happened because
you made a clean football play," Brooks said. "I didn't know at
time Tim hit his head going down, I thought the blow from Taylor
knocked him out ... I'm just glad and thankful that there was no
other serious injury."
Tebow was taken off the field on a cart after the hit in the
third quarter and was later taken to the hospital for overnight
observation. Tebow had also been suffering from flu-like symptoms
prior to the game and took a different charter flight to Lexington
along with wide receiver Riley Cooper and defensive backs Joe Haden
and Major Wright.
As for the rest of the game, Brooks said the team was
disappointed in his team's play in the first quarter, in which the
Gators scored the game's first 31 points to seemingly put the
contest away fairly early after Kentucky was unable to get anything
The Wildcats were outgained 223-(minus 1) in the first quarter,
had a punt blocked for a touchdown and committed nine penalties.
They looked so listless in the opening quarter Brooks ripped off
his headset in frustration.
"I was asking myself that question all night after the game,"
he. "We might have to change our pregame routine, emphasize that
we need to start faster. There have been years when we score a
bunch in the first quarter and none is second, and a lot in third,
then none the in fourth. In recent years, it's been the opposite.
The Wildcats (2-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) need to get
better fast. They host No. 3 Alabama (4-0, 1-0) on Saturday, and
the Crimson Tide may be just as potent the Gators.
"It's scary," Brooks said. "You don't see much difference
from the Florida defense and Alabama defense. They have a lot of
weapons and a big, athletic O-line. The system is different of
course, (Alabama) doesn't run that spread option stuff but
continues to give people problems because of their speed."
Brooks also said four players are questionable for Alabama due
to injury. Defensive back Paul Warford (Quadriceps strain),
offensive lineman Justin Jeffries (strained Achilles), Moncell
Allen (medial collateral ligament sprain) and linebacker Sam
Maxwell (turf toe) are all in doubt for the game and missed
practice on Sunday.