Spring Training Over - Next is the Real Thing!

By: Majestic Help

Spring Training Over - Next is the Real Thing!
The Gators football team concluded its 2008 spring training with the annual Orange and Blue Debut Saturday afternoon in front of a record crowd of 61,000 fans. Blue defeated Orange, 28-14, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium before the highest-attended spring game. The previous record of 58,500 was established in head coach Urban Meyer's 2005 debut. Blue won its second straight spring contest on Saturday, and has won three out of the last five Orange and Blue Debuts.

Saturday's contest featured several events on the day before a national television audience on ESPN and with ESPN College GameDay in attendance. Junior quarterback Tim Tebow (Jacksonville, Fla.) led the Blue team and finished 13-of-21 for 200 yards and two passing touchdowns.

Sophomore quarterback Cameron Newton (College Park, Ga.) of the Orange team was 6-of-18 for 53 yards. Sophomore running back Emmanuel Moody (Coppell, Tex.) of the Orange squad turned in a game-high 111 yards rushing on 14 carries with one score. Freshman running back Chris Rainey (Lakeland, Fla.) added 76 yards on the ground and made one of the Blue's four touchdowns. Sophomore running back Mon Williams (Mesquite, Tex.) put Blue on the scoreboard first with a 9-yard TD rush with 7:17 remaining in the first quarter. Tebow's throw intended for wide receiver Butch Rowley (Orlando, Fla.) on Blue's second possession was picked off by cornerback Ahmad Black. This was his first interception in three spring games. Orange could not take advantage of the pick, and Rainey later caught a 65-yard pass for Blue's second touchdown with 0:44 left in the first quarter. The Tebow-to-Rainey connection marked the longest play in an Orange and Blue Debut since 2001.

It looks like this year's team is shaping up to do well. Keep your eyes on the team while they keep their eyes on the ball and the goalposts. Show your spirit. Support your team. Don't forget to wear your official Gator Gear.

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