Quarterback Tim Tebow “Symptom Free” But Not Practicing

Oct 5, 2009 7:12pm

ABC News on Campus reporter Katie Sanders blogs: University of Florida football coach Urban Meyer said during a press conference today quarterback Tim Tebow seems “symptom-free” after sustaining a frightening concussion during  UF’s 41-7 win over the University of Kentucky on Sept. 26. Meyers added that Tebow has not yet been cleared to play or practice by team doctors. “Tim looks a lot better,” Meyers said. The Gators, ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press, face one of their biggest match-ups of the year this Saturday against Louisiana State University, ranked No. 4. Chris Neukamm, 23, a UF architecture graduate student, said he and friends were in great spirits while watching the game from his house until they saw Tebow lying motionless on the field. Then it was quiet. “At first we didn’t think it was a big deal,” Neukamm said. “But when he was kind of lying still, like, people really became concerned.” Concern for the player has been the focus of many of his conversations, whether it’s during lunch with friends or with his roommate at night, he said. Tebow’s injury comes almost a month after Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Sam Bradford sprained the AC (acromioclavicular) joint in his right shoulder during the University of Oklahoma’s opening loss to Brigham Young University.  While there’s not much to report regarding Tebow’s condition, stories about his health have stayed on the front page of local newspapers and are among their most-read stories online. To Keith Scott, 21, a UF engineering junior, the media’s coverage of Tebow seems over the top considering how often concussions happen in football. “More attention was given to him but mainly because you haven’t seen him get hurt before,” Scott said. Sydney Gladman, 21, a UF engineering senior who said she has a framed picture of the quarterback in her bedroom, explained she’s been focused on studying for the GRE, but Tebow’s injury has lingered in the back of her mind. “He’s not just an object. Everyone really thinks of him as this really great guy, and everybody wants him to be OK,” Gladman said.

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