12/21/2010 09:41 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Tim Tebow Will Start Remainder Of Season At Quarterback For Broncos

Tim Tebow will be the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback for the final two games of the 2010 season, interim head coach Eric Studesville announced on Monday.

Tebow, a rookie from Florida, played well last week in his first start against the Oakland Raiders. The first-round pick completed 8 of his 16 passed for 138 yards in a losing effort. He also ran for 78 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown run.

Tebow started on Saturday in place of veteran Kyle Orton, who has been struggling with a rib injury. As of Monday, it was unclear whether Orton would be healthy enough to play next week against Houston.

"With where he [Orton] is right now, we just felt that prolonging this later into the week was not the best thing for our preparation and practice," Studesville said on Monday. "So, we decided to make the decision earlier in the week to go and do this."

Tebow was one of the most celebrated college players of all time, but is considered a long-term development project. Nonetheless, he has sold more jerseys than any other NFL player this year.