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Tim Tebow a semifinalist for O'Brien Award, says Gators not crumbling under pressure



92086800RD009_Florida_v_Mis Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is among 15 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, the oldest and most prestigious award honoring the nation's best college quarterback.

Tebow is the only SEC quarterback to make the semifinal list.

Meanwhile, as the No. 1 Gators prepare to play Georgia on Saturday, Tebow said he's frustrated by the team's offensive struggles, but denied he and the Gators are crumbling under the pressure to win big.

"I don't think it's getting to me,'' Tebow said Monday. "Do I have a lot of pressure on me? Do I put pressure on me? Yeah. I put a lot more pressure than ya'll could possibly put on me, so I don't think that's getting to me. I think just wanting to excel, wanting everything to be right, yeah that is frustrating not doing it, but I think that would have been every year, not just this year.''

Florida coach Urban Meyer said after the Gators' win over Mississippi State Saturday night that he needed to make sure the Gators were having fun this season, and not letting the pressure take the joy out of the game.

"I think I've had a lot of fun,'' Tebow said. "Beating Arkansas in the last minute, that's a lot of fun. Beating Tennessee was a lot of fun. Would we have liked to do it prettier? Yeah. But that's how we're doing it right now and we're winning game. We're just going to keep winning game, and if they're all ugly, that's okay, we'll be undefeated.''

Here are the 2009 O'Brien Semifinalists:
Matt Barkley, USC; Daryll Clark,  Penn State; Jimmy Clausen,  Notre Dame,  Jacory Harris, Miami; Case Keenum, Houston;  Dan LeFevour,  Central Michigan, Jake Locker, Washington; Colt McCoy, Texas, Kellen Moore, Boise State, Tony Pike,    Cincinnati; Todd Reesing, Kansas, Zac Robinson, Oklahoma State, Ricky Stanzi, Iowa, Bill Stull, Pittsburgh, Tim Tebow, Florida.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:24pm]


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