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John Brantley not very impressive in spring game

Posted on: April 11, 2011 12:32 pm

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Following Florida's Orange and Blue game on Saturday, new head coach Will Muschamp said that if the season were to start today, John Brantley would be the team's starting quarterback. I think I speak for the entire Gator Nation when I say that it's a good thing the season isn't starting for another five months then.

Those Florida fans who showed up to the game or watched on television were no doubt hoping to see some amazing growth shown by Brantley now that he's under the tutelage of Charlie Weis and in an offense that is better suited to his skills. Instead those fans saw Brantley, playing for the Blue team, start the day with six consecutive incompletions, and finish the afternoon completing 4 of his 14 passes for 45 yards. The Blue squad only managed 3 points with Brantley at the helm in the first half.

Which will of course lead to a lot of teeth gnashing over Brantley and the Florida offense over the next few months as the team prepares for the 2011 season. It's also important to note that just because Brantley is on top of the Florida depth chart at the moment, that doesn't mean he'll still be there come the fall. Both Tyler Murphy and Jeff Driskel have five months to take the job away, though neither were spectacular on Saturday either.

I tend to believe that when it's all said and done, Brantley will still be the starter in Gainesville, as we shouldn't put too much stock in the spring game. By all accounts, Brantley had looked great during the practices leading up to the game. Besides, considering that he has an entire new offense to learn under Weis, it's not exactly realistic to expect Brantley to have mastered it after only a few weeks worth of practice.

It takes months to learn the hundred variations of the same four plays that Charlie Weis calls over and over again.

So give him a little more time, Gator fans.


Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 3:50 pm

John Brantley not very impressive in spring game

lol, "Bum Sauce"

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: April 11, 2011 1:47 pm

John Brantley not very impressive in spring game

brantley's not any good, but the other QBs are probably too young to start.  After uf loses 3-4 games, muschamp will make a change and go with a young QB for the future.  It's going to be a long year for fla---another 7-5 type season.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2011 1:09 pm

John Brantley not very impressive in spring game

JB is some bum sauce..The Gators are better off with another QB...

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: April 11, 2011 12:49 pm

John Brantley not very impressive in spring game

The season starts in four months, not five, but I am OK if UF wants to wait until then to get started.  Brantley's numbers look a lot like Jefferson's from LSU's scrimmage, even though Jefferson threw for more yards.  I do not think UF, even with all those top rated recruiting classes around Brantley, have as much talent around him as Jefferson does at LSU.  The coaches have less than four months to get this all figured out.  Good luck to all.

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