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Tebow circus even bigger; fans welcome at Pro Day

Posted on: March 12, 2010 8:33 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2010 8:34 pm
 
Those wanting to dissect Tim Tebow's new throwing motion won't have to hope for television coverage of Florida's Pro Day March 17.

That's because the University of Florida is opening up the event for fans to attend.

Obviously expecting large numbers, the doors will open to spectators at 8:30 am (local time) at Ben Hill Griffen Stadium in Gainesville. The on-field workout, itself, however, won't begin until 10 am.

Tebow, is, of course, the main attraction, but cornerback Joe Haden may have just as much on the line. He'll be hoping to turn in a much faster time in the 40-yard dash after running a disappointingly slow 4.58 at the Combine.

The pressure will also be on inside linebacker Brandon Spikes, who surprised some scouts with his decision to only do some portions of the workout in Indianapolis. Plagued by questions about his pure speed, Spikes' time in the 40-yard dash and fluidity in coverage drills could determine whether he makes the second round or falls to the mid third or lower. 

Tight end Aaron Hernandez didn't participate in any of the drills at the Combine, so he, too, has a lot riding on his performance March 17.

Other highly touted Gator players, including defensive end Carlos Dunlap, center Maurkice Pouncey, wide receiver Riley Cooper and safety Major Wright will likely participate in some drills, but did many of the timed drills in Indianapolis. 

Florida's decision to open the event up to fans will make the Pro Day a circus-like atmosphere for scouts.

That said, while many college teams elect to make their Pro Days a private affair for just scouts, players and select media, the move is hardly unprecedented.

Spectators were allowed to watch from the stands at the USC Pro Days I've attended each of the past two years.

Comments

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: March 12, 2010 10:02 pm
 

Tebow circus even bigger; fans welcome at Pro Day

It certainly will be a circus enviorment.  That being said, I'll be there.......just as much to watch the three ring atmosphere.  There's not a whole lot going on in Gainesville these days, baseball team we go see regularly.  Next week is the Grapefruit League. 

But you're so right.   It will be a zoo.  With popcorn, hotdogs, and cold diet coke.


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