A month ago, Tim Tebow thought Florida had a legitimate shot at upsetting Alabama.
Now, the former Heisman Trophy winner is questioning his beloved Gators’ leadership, heart and offensive identity.
In a radio interview Tuesday morning on Jacksonville 1010XL, Tebow, now a SEC Network analyst, said the Gators lack direction under embattled coach Will Muschamp.
“They’re hoping that something is going to go well for them instead of believing someone’s going to step up and make the play,” he said. “They have to change their mindset.”
The Gators have dropped three of their last four games, and Tebow called Saturday’s humiliating 42-13 loss, “hard to watch.”
“They just didn’t play with the heart that I’m used to watching the Florida Gators play with,” he said.
Tebow, immortalized in Gainesville with a statue outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, refused to criticize maligned starting quarterback Jeff Driskel for the team’s offensive woes, saying, “You have to have all 11 guys working together on every single play.”
With games against No. 9 Georgia, South Carolina and No. 2 Florida State remaining, Tebow hopes the Gators can unite amid all the adversity.
“Maybe they can rally around that whole ‘our backs are against the wall and no one believes in us’ mentality,” he said.
“Go out and play a game against a team like Georiga or FSU late in the year and look like the Gators of old and the team they could be.”
OLD BALL COACH LAUGHS OFF RUMORS
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, another revered figure in Gators lore, scoffed at speculation he could be a candidate at UF should Muschamp be fired.
“I tell everyone my next move is going to be to Crescent Beach, Fla.,” he said.
Spurrier, a Heisman Trophy winner and Florida alumnus, led the football program to its first national championship in 1996.
Asked about Florida’s woes in recent years, he said, “I don’t need to talk about the Gators. They’ve got plenty of people and coaches to talk about them.”