Gators' Tebow wants wins, not stats

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- If Florida quarterback Tim Tebow wins another Heisman Trophy, it probably won't be because of gaudy numbers.

The 2007 Heisman winner is having a down year, at least compared to his last two seasons.

Midway through the regular season, Tebow has completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 1,032 yards and eight touchdowns. He also has 378 yards rushing and five scores.

In 2007, he completed 66.9 percent of his passes for 3,286 yards, ran for 895 more and accounted for a whopping 55 touchdowns (32 passing, 23 rushing). In 2008, he completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 2,746 yards, ran for 673 more and totaled 42 scores (30 passing, 12 rushing).

His most telling stats are negative ones.

Tebow has four fumbles and two interceptions this season, and has been sacked 12 times in six games. In 2007, he had no fumbles, six interceptions and was sacked 13 times. In 2008, he had two fumbles, four picks and was sacked 15 times.

Tebow downplayed his downturn.

"I feel like I'm the quarterback of a team that's 6-0, and I'm pretty excited about that," he said. "That's all you can ask for."

The Gators (No. 1 BCS, No. 2 AP) play at Mississippi State on Saturday, hoping to find a cure for their offensive woes. Florida is averaging 25 points per game in league play, has been plagued by turnovers and dropped passes, and has struggled inside the 20-yard line.

The blame has been spread around, with the problems getting pinned on the receiving corps, the offensive line and the play-calling. Even coach Urban Meyer said Tebow held the ball too long at times last week against Arkansas, resulting in a career-high six sacks in a 23-20 win.