Tim Tebow is in Tuscaloosa this week for Saturday’s SEC Nation broadcast, and the former Florida star spoke with reporters on Friday afternoon.
The primary topic was Alabama quarterback Jake Coker, who has earned a reputation as a tough runner this season.
“I love that,” Tebow said (via 247Sports.com‘s Charlie Potter). “I loved that about him last week … It doesn’t have to be all the time, but when you’re trying to win over a football team, which I think the last couple of weeks he’s been trying to win over, honestly is huge when trying to … get them to believe in him because that’s really important.”
Coker’s Crimson Tide teammates have apparently accepted Coker as their signal caller. They’ve been giving him a variety of tongue-in-cheek nicknames (“Cam Cracker,” “Vanilla Vick,” “Baby Roethlisberger”) during Alabama’s four-game winning streak.
“Although you are supposed to respect the quarterback position as the leader, guys don’t,” Tebow said. “They respect heart and they respect passion and they respect determination way more than they will ever respect the position. And I think when he shows plays like that, he wins over guys on his team, and that makes Alabama a way better football team.”
‘Bama hosts Tennessee on Saturday afternoon (3:30 pm ET, CBS). Tebow and former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy will be featured on SEC Nation beforehand (10 am ET, SEC Network).