Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tim Tebow left Jacksonville Municipal Stadium a year ago hurting, both literally and figuratively.
On Saturday, he and the Florida Gators were the ones who put a hurting on Georgia.
Tebow only had to throw the ball 13 times, but he accounted for five touchdowns in Florida's 49-10 battering of Georgia. He rushed for three, breaking Emmitt Smith's career record at Florida for rushing touchdowns, and also threw for a pair of scores.
Tebow suffered a mild sprain to his left foot and had a protective walking boot on following the game. However, he felt well enough in the minutes following the victory to take a lap around the stadium, slapping hands and thanking Florida fans.
They ought to be thanking him.
His numbers aren't as outlandish as they were a year ago when he won the Heisman Trophy, but he's probably a better quarterback right now.
More importantly to Tebow, he still has a chance to win a championship.
"Tim has been terrific all year," Florida coach Urban Meyer said. "He's relaxed and having fun. He's contagious. When he is like he is, our whole offense is like that."
A year ago, Tebow had tears in his eyes as he tried to describe the Gators' 42-30 loss to the Bulldogs. His right (non-throwing) shoulder was throbbing, and he could barely lift it above his head after hurting it the game before Georgia.
"It doesn't get any sweeter than this," said Tebow, who's thrown for 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions this season. "We didn't have to talk about it. We just had to go out there and show we were a different team."
His teammates say he's a different quarterback than he was to start the season because he no longer feels as if he has to do it all. Everywhere he looks, Tebow sees a different weapon whether it's Percy Harvin, Jeffery Demps, Chris Rainey, Louis Murphy and on and on.
"We've averaged over 50 points a game the last three games, and he's the one managing our team," Harvin said. "You couldn't ask for much more than what he's doing. He's not throwing for all the yards and scoring all the touchdowns like he did last year, but he's managing the game and that's what we need him to do."
Tebow said the defense is playing at a level that's making it easy for the offense, which scored 21 points off of Georgia turnovers.
"It's my job to manage the game and get us into the end zone, and that's what I'm focusing on," Tebow said.
Harvin likes what he sees from the entire team.
"If there's a better team out there right now than us, I want to see them," Harvin said. "They're a heck of a ball club."