Tim Tebow might be spending his time on the diamond these days, but that doesn’t mean he’s not excited for the upcoming college football season.
Tebow, currently working his way up the minor league ranks with the New York Mets, took some time to speak with SiriusXM College Sports Nation about the QB battle between Florida’s Malik Zaire and Feleipe Franks.
He also gave the two players that should draw the most eyes.
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Tebow didn’t make a choice between Zaire and Franks, but he seemed to like what the former has to offer based on what he showed at Notre Dame.
“I think if you look at Malik Zaire and what he did a couple years ago in the bowl game versus LSU, you could see what this kid’s ceiling could be, and it was very, very high,” Tebow said. “He’s got some special talent.”
The game Tebow was referencing, the 2014 Music City Bowl, saw Zaire go 12-of-15 passing for 96 yards and a TD. He also showed off his scrambling skills by rushing for 96 yards on 22 carries with another TD.
Zaire and Everett Golson both took snaps on the final drive, which resulted in a game-winning 32-yard field goal as time expired to give the Irish a 31-28 win.
The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner named quarterbacks Jarrett Stidham of Auburn and Nick Fitzgerald of Mississippi State as his players to watch.
He feels Auburn has “a chance to be very special” if Stidham can stretch the field by connecting on deep balls while making good decisions in the face of pressure.
As for Fitzgerald, Tebow believes he has a chance to compete for SEC Player of the Year if he shows progress in the pocket.