ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ An extra week of practice has NOT seemed to
boost Mark Richt's hopes of finding a way to contain Tim Tebow.
Georgia long has sought the open weekend it enjoyed last week
before Saturday's game against Florida in Jacksonville. But even
with the extra practice time, there are no easy answers for the
unique challenge posed by Tebow, the Gators' dual-threat
Richt said his Bulldogs have to defend Tebow as a runner and a
passer out of multiple formations and personnel groupings.
While Number 20 Georgia (5-2 overall, 3-2 Southeastern
Conference) was using its first off-week of the season to address
injury concerns at tailback, Tebow suffered a bruised right
(non-throwing) shoulder in Number Nine Florida's 45-37 win at
Florida coach Urban Meyer said the injury may force him to limit
Tebow's runs against Georgia. That might help Georgia's defense _
but Richt and his coaching staff still have to prepare for
Florida's full package.
Tebow leads Florida with 578 yards rushing and ten touchdowns.
He has passed for one thousand-711 yards and 17 touchdowns _ with
only three interceptions.
Meyer said Florida needs Tebow to protect the shoulder and
remain in the game, but the coach said he worries about losing the
threat of his quarterback's runs.
Meanwhile, defenses also must watch Percy Harvin, Tebow's
favorite receiver and a dangerous runner with 232 yards rushing.
Richt compared Harvin with Peter Warrick, one of his top receivers
while Florida State's offensive coordinator.
Florida averages 40-point-four points per game and has strong
scoring balance with 19 rushing touchdowns and 17 scores through
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