Two decades ago, Danny Wuerffel was one of the best, if not the best, college football players in the country. A two-time All-American, Wuerffel threw for more than 10,000 yards and 114 touchdowns in his Florida Gator career and won the 1996 Heisman Trophy – not to mention a national championship.
Of course, in Wuerffel’s day, there was no College Football Playoff. Heck, there wasn’t even a BCS.
Wuerffel, now 41, is happy that changed.
“I do love (the playoff),” Wuerffel said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “There’s a lot of things in life – there’s always the ideal, and then there’s the reality you have to deal with. Ideally, could there be a better system with more teams in? Sure, but when you look at where it’s come from – even back since when we were playing – to get the BCS and then to get to four, I love it. I can’t tell you how excited I was last January to watch those semifinal games and then the final. It was just so much excitement. I love it.”
Now that the SEC has gone two years without a national championship, however, there are some people – we’ll call them “Southerners” – who feel that the league is suddenly at a disadvantage. Because the conference is so brutal, they say, the season-long war of attrition adds up, making it harder for SEC teams to win the national title if they make it to the championship game – or, nowadays, the playoff.
Is that fair?
“I do think it’s harder for an SEC team to get through their schedule and be kind of untarnished enough to get into that final two or four four,” Wuerffel said. “But if you look at the history, they figure out a way to pull it off. So there’s some good and some bad to it, but the SEC has definitely been the preeminent conference recently.”
Wuerffel was also asked about another Gator quarterback you may have heard of: Tim Tebow. Interestingly enough, both Wuerffel and Tebow have had very similar careers: excellent in college, won a national championship, won the Heisman Trophy, but struggled to find a niche in the NFL.
Does Tebow have a chance to ever play in the league again?
“Well, if you had asked me six months ago, I would have said it was looking pretty slim,” Wuerffel said. “But he played well (against the Jets on Thursday).”
Yes, he did. Tebow was 11-of-17 for 189 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-18 loss to the Jets. He did have one interception, but he also rushed four times for 32 yards.
“He did his normal Tebow magic and made a lot of plays out of nothing,” Wuerffel said, “but he also made, I thought, a lot of great throws and even had a couple ones that could have been caught that were dropped. So I thought he played great. I think he’s vastly improved than he has been – at least in the little bit that I’ve seen. So if there’s a spot for him, I think that spot it going to be on a Chip Kelly type of team. So this is probably a great opportunity, and I’m really really hoping they’ll keep him.”