What they’re saying about Florida quarterback Tim Tebow:
"It didn’t change me, but it made my life a little more hectic. It changed people’s perception about me, and I’ll probably be known as a Heisman winner the rest of my life.”
Tebow on winning the Heisman Trophy last December
"He is a great athlete. He can throw the ball and he can run. Any quarterback that can run and throw the ball as well as he does, it presents a problem."
OU defensive end Jeremy Beal
"I’ve had some great players, and I’ve got some great players on this team. But I’ve never had one like this. Tim’s got something special inside him. I’m not talking about throwing. I’m not talking about running. I’m talking about making everyone around him better."
Florida coach Urban Meyer
"When I watch him play, he’s on point every time. When I’m watching the Alabama game … I see him on the sideline telling No. 51 (linebacker Brandon Spikes), ‘You all get this stop and we’re going to win.’ And they got the stop and they won. He’s a real competitive person. His whole goal is to win.”
Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant
"After Ole Miss, Tim elevated his skills. He elevated everyone around him. It wasn’t just words. I mean, he motivated everybody. Every day, every practice. He motivated this team. Our practices were different after that. The energy. Everything took an upswing. Tim was everywhere. Encouraging the offense. Encouraging the defense. But that’s Tim Tebow. He isn’t just the offensive leader. He’s our leader."
Florida safety Major Wright
Compiled by Jake Trotter