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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Great Debate

Urban Meyer is looking a championship in the face ... but it might not be this year. With quarterbacks Chris Leak and Tim Tebow engineering the Gators to a 5-0 start in the SEC, many are starting to question who should be the starter in Gainesville. Let CFBN settle the debate.

Tim Tebow is the quarterback of the future, and he will be the man who brings a National Championship home to Florida, but it will not be this year.

If Florida pulls Chris Leak, this team will fall apart. He is a four-year starter who is the heart of this team. The offense is calibrated to his system. The defense rallies around his leadership. Besides which, he is putting up fantastic Heisman numbers right now.

Tim Tebow is being used effectively as a backup with occasionally playing time. His usage in trick plays has paid off thus far.

As I said, Tebow is the future of the Florida program. I predict he will face off against the other quickly climbing program - Notre Dame - and their top quarterback recruit, Jimmy Clausen, in a year or two.

But before Meyer can think about those days, he needs to figure out how to handle a red-hot LSU team this Saturday. This is the second test for the Gators, who downed Tennessee a few weeks ago. If they can get past the Bayou Bengals, perhaps the future is now for the Florida program ... but the man will remain Chris Leak.

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