Tim Tebow reacts to Florida hiring Billy Napier
Tim Tebow knew Dan Mullen quite well, considering Mullen was Florida’s offensive coordinator from 2005-08, which overlapped with Tebow’s playing career with the Gators. But Tebow is also familiar with Billy Napier, who has taken over as Florida’s new head coach.
Tebow seems to be a fan of the Gators’ hiring of Napier, who joined the program after spending the past 4 seasons as the head coach at Louisiana. And the former Florida quarterback gave his thoughts on Napier during an appearance on “The Paul Finebaum Show” on Friday.
“I’ve had the chance to get to know Coach Napier over the last couple of years. Got to know him at an event I was speaking at this past year in Lafayette,” Tebow said. “We got to spend some time together. I think he’s a coach that really loves young men. I think he loves what he gets to do. He loves developing, he loves building culture. I think he’s really excited about this opportunity, and he should be, Florida’s a great place.”
So, what does Tebow think needs to happen in order for Napier to have success at Florida?
“I think getting used to the culture of Florida and everything’s going to be really important,” Tebow said. “Putting a staff together, I think, is going to be critical. I think jumping on a lot of these recruits now … it’s really going to be important to get some of these recruits. I think he’s got some very talented quarterbacks there, to be able to keep them is really important.”
However, Tebow admitted that there could be a bit of an adjustment period for Napier at his new job.
“These next few weeks are really important, but I think he’s a very high character, he’s done a great job at Louisiana,” Tebow said. “It’s also so different going from a school that’s not necessarily a powerhouse to one where there’s so much pressure on you. I think that’s one that he’s going to need support.”
Florida went 6-6 this season, including 2-6 in SEC play, so Napier will be looking to lead the Gators back to success in the near future.