Live from Tahoe: Ex-Florida coach Urban Meyer is happy Tim Tebow is getting back to his roots

That’s Tim Tebow doing some sort of ridiculous workout (Associated Press)

As soon as the Jets acquired Tim Tebow,the questions began about how he would fit in. There is some doubt, for instance, about whether a two-QB system could work. But they obviously want him for a reason. So… huh?

Well, ESPN New York reported that the Jets are planning to use Tebow as a red-zone option, taking starter Mark Sanchez out at times inside the 20. Interesting idea. But not new.

In fact, when Tebow was a freshman at Florida, he was the backup to nearly-as-heralded Chris Leak. Essentially, playing in the red zone was his role. Don’t believe me? Let’s ask a dude who knows.

I spoke with ex-Florida coach Urban Meyer coming off the course during a practice round of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. And his mind went back to a magical 2006 that ended with a national title.

That’s kinda how we used him his freshman year,” Meyer told me, when I mentioned the report to him. “We used him as a short-yardage specialist and change-of-pace guy, so yeah. I think he’s just gotta get on the field.”

That’s the plan. Tebow accounted for 13 touchdowns as a freshman, eight rushing, in that role. There is a great breakdown on the Florida Times-Union’s site. That’s when he popularized the jump pass. So, if the Jets follow that example, things might happen.

And for the Ohio State fans out there — yes, talking to you Albert Breer — Meyer said he’s already feeling the anticipation for camp. “It’s been there for a long time,” he said.

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