Tebow might be the best punt-team upback ever

New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow celebrates running for a first down against the Houston Texans...

New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow celebrates running for a first down against the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, October 8, 2012. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:51 PM ET

Tim Tebow might not unseat Mark Sanchez, or anyone else, as a starting NFL quarterback.But he just might be the best punt-faking upback in NFL history.

Tebow is 2-for-2 in piloting fake-punt fourth-down conversions this year, after his surprise pass completion Sunday helped his New York Jets blow the game open just before halftime in a runaway 35-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Up 14-6, on a 4th-and-11 from the Colts’ 40, Tebow lined up as he always does as the left-side upback, who calls the snap count for the punt team.

Normally he just protects the punter, and hustles down on coverage. A couple weeks ago, though, he took a direct snap and ran for a first down.

This time, he got the direct snap, faked as though he’d run it like the other time, but pulled up and threw a complete pass to wide-open Nick Bellore — a linebacker — who rumbled for a 23-yard gain.

Two plays later, on 3rd-and-1 from the 8, Tebow re-entered the game in the Wildcat and ran up the middle for three yards. On the next play, the Jets went up 21-6 and never looked back.


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