COLUMBIA, S.C. – Columbia Fireflies outfielder Tim Tebow gave a glowing review of South Carolina, its head football coach and starting quarterback.
Tebow, a Heisman Trophy winner at Florida and former NFL quarterback, put on his SEC Network football analyst hat two days before his minor league debut with the New York Mets Class A affiliate.
The South Carolina football program, he believes, is headed in the right direction under second-year coach Will Muschamp.
“I think he is a special defensive coach. I think he is a lot better at being a head coach. There’s differences when you go from defensive coordinator to head coach,” Tebow said. “I think he’s learning on the job. I think he had some really good seasons at Florida. I think he was able to learn from some of the highs and lows and continued to develop a really good defense.
“I think he has a quarterback that has a chance to be kind of special and he’s getting recruits. In the SEC, that’s not easy.”
Jake Bentley, the Gamecocks sophomore quarterback, impressed Tebow with his feet and arm in 2016.
“I thought he got a lot better as the year went on,” Tebow said. “The one thing I thought about him is he has really good movement in the pocket and he also has really good second-level throws, intermediate throws where he can throw over linebackers and under safeties. I think he does that very naturally.”
Tebow also has fond memories of playing against the Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium, which is just over four miles away from the Fireflies home park.
“I love that stadium, actually. I love it when they play ‘Space Odyssey’ and ‘Sandstorm’ and all that stuff,” Tebow said. “I think it’s one of the more fun, underrated stadiums out there. That is for sure. That place gets rowdy, especially that right end zone.”