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Tebow ties Gator star for most rushing touchdowns

GAINESVILLE — His numbers are not as Heisman-like as last season, but Tim Tebow continued to etch his name into the Florida record books during Saturday's 63-5 victory over Kentucky.

With his second rushing touchdown, he tied Emmitt Smith for first in school history with 36.

"It definitely means something," Tebow said. "It won't really set in right now as far as playing, and I'm not going to think about it.

"But later on down the road, you can look back and you're with guys like Emmitt Smith, Fred Taylor, all the good running backs that have been here. To see yourself on a list with those guys is pretty cool."

MEMORY MAKER: He had envisioned it so many different ways, played it over and over in his mind hundreds of times. But when it became reality, even John Brantley was surprised at the overwhelming feeling.

The redshirt freshman quarterback, who has battled numerous injuries while trying to secure the No. 2 spot behind Tebow, threw his first touchdown pass as a Gator on Saturday, a 38-yarder to redshirt junior David Nelson with 11:45 remaining. Brantley was 2-of-3 for 52 yards.

"It felt great. I can't even describe the feeling," said Brantley, whose father and uncle played for the Gators. "I've imagined (playing for the Gators) for 19 years.

"Now that I have the chance, I just want to make the most of the opportunity."

INJURY UPDATE: After earning a starting job two weeks ago, freshman CB Janoris Jenkins suffered a setback, bruising a shin. He left the game before halftime and did not return.

"He's day to day," Florida coach Urban Meyer said. "We expect him to be very probable for (the next game)."

Senior OL Phil Trautwein has a shoulder injury but is expected to practice and play. RB Emmanuel Moody did not play, but Meyer said he was "80 percent" last week and should be ready to go against Georgia.

DT Troy Epps missed the game because of a knee injury, and DT Torrey Davis did not play because of the coaches' decision. Meyer said he did not practice well leading into the game.

END OF AN ERA: George Edmondson, better known to Florida fans as Mr. Two Bits, was honored during a pregame ceremony that included a video montage of his 60 years of cheering on the Gators. He was joined by his wife and two grandsons.

The 86-year-old has retired once before, 10 years, ago, but said Saturday that Florida's final home game against Citadel on Nov. 22 really will be his last game.

But don't expect him to go too far.

He will return to being a normal season-ticket holder next fall. Edmondson, though humble, knows there's no true replacement.

"I've had a lot of people that want to be Mr. Two Bits," Edmondson said, smiling.

"There's only one."

Florida agrees.

The school announced that beginning next season, the cheer will be led by Albert the Alligator — wearing Mr. Two Bits' signature attire.

Times correspondent Phil Kegler contributed to this report.

Tebow ties Gator star for most rushing touchdowns 10/25/08 [Last modified: Saturday, October 25, 2008 8:36pm]
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