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Tebow plays despite illness

Updated: September 26, 2009, 6:55 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow started Saturday at Kentucky despite a respiratory illness that forced him to travel apart from the team.

Tebow appeared energized while running onto the field for Florida's first series. His presence was booed lustily by Kentucky fans eager to end a 22-game losing streak to the Gators. He hardly looked tired while ripping off a 29-yard gain on the game's third play.

Tebow arrived at Commonwealth Stadium with the rest of the top-ranked Gators about ...

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