After a defensive stop by the Gators on the ensuing Warriors' drive, special teams standout Brandon James returned a punt for a touchdown.
This was his third punt return for a touchdown in his career.
The Florida Gators opened the season against the Hawaii Warriors.
In the time leading up to the award presentation, the then-Hawaii head coach June Jones made comments regarding Tim Tebow and how he would fare against his own quarterback Colt Brennan in their respective offensive systems, referring to Tebow as a "system quarterback." His comments "infuriated Gators fans, who expressed their displeasure in Internet chat rooms and blogs." Both teams struggled in the first quarter on offense with neither team being able to put points on the board.They were led by fourth-year head coach Urban Meyer.After clinching the SEC East, the Gators defeated then top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide 31–20 in the SEC Championship Game to win their eighth conference title. Entering the season as defending national champions, the Gators went 9–4 in the 2007 in spite of a prolific offense, primarily due to a defense depleted by graduation and departures to the NFL leading to the worst defense for a Florida team since 1971, closing out the year with a 41-35 loss to Michigan in the 2008 Capital One Bowl on January 1.This was the first game since the 2006 season where Tim Tebow did not have at least two touchdowns in a game.In the previous season, he had at least one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown in all 13 games (14 game streak dating to 2007 BCS National Championship Game).Both of them put down the rumors when asked about it, though. Her mom does tell TMZ that she's giving Tebow her stamp of approval should the two change their minds.