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Report: Brantley likely to start even if Tebow cleared

Citing unnamed Florida sources, Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post is reporting that, even if Tim Tebow is given medical clearance ahead of Florida’s Top-Five showdown with LSU, John Brantley will likely start at quarterback for the Gators.

Tebow has yet to step foot on the practice field — in fact, according to the Post, he’s barely been seen at UF’s football facility — since suffering a concussion in the win over Kentucky.  There’s no timetable set for his return to practice, let alone his availability for the game against the Tigers.

Head coach Urban Meyer has said on a couple of occasions that Tebow is looking good, but he’s still yet to be cleared medically.  Meyer also said Tebow has been symptom free for a few days and his status remains day to day.

The Post also spoke with Robert Cantu, a clinical professor of neurology at Boston University and a pioneer in concussion research over the past three decades, who seemed to take issue with Meyer saying that, even if Tebow returns to practice this week, he won’t allow the QB to get hit. 

“The first hit you take is not in the game. It should be in practice,” Cantu said. “Normally, it’s better if the athlete has practiced the week that they’re going to play. And generally speaking, that’s certainly the ideal situation, so that you’ve taken hits during that week and you know that the hits that jar you are not producing symptoms.”

Based on all of the reports the last few days, it seems more and more like the Gators’ course of action should be to allow Tebow to sit out the LSU game and come back even healthier the following week, even if it were to mean an “L” this week.

They showed last year that they could overcome a conference loss and still win a national championship.  What they may not be able to overcome, though, is the loss of their leader for an extended period of time.

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  1. Dallas1012 says: Oct 6, 2009 12:18 PM

    Obviously a whole lot of people out there have no idea of who John Brantley is. This young man would start for any team in America. Yes Tim Tebow will be missed should he sit out this game but imagine the Florida offense torching up the field throwing the ball 40 times. It’s a win win situation for Florida, rest Tebow and get a glance of what the future holds.

  2. texasPHINSfan says: Oct 6, 2009 12:39 PM

    Brantley will have success. He’s not the size or presence of Tebow, but he’s a GREAT passer. Honestly i think he might even be a better passer.
    Don’t forget he was a top recruit that Florida landed. He will do just fine.
    I’m more curious as to why Florida didn’t want to release this information until Friday, to leave LSU guessing a bit longer.
    Florida’s strength is their defense, which is a top-5 ranked unit, nationally. LSU’s offense is ranked 99th (or thereabouts). I think the matchup favors the Gators here, even with Brantley. You also have to consider that the Tigers have faced Tebow countless times over the years – they know how to [somewhat] gameplan for him. They know very little about Brantley.

  3. jagsgrl904 says: Oct 6, 2009 12:56 PM

    I agree w/ you both. although Tim Tebow is a huge factor, but the team as a whole is excellent, and I don’t see any problem for them starting Brantley. Go Gators!!
    For Tim Tebow, I hope you continue to recover
    God Bless

  4. Facts Domino says: Oct 6, 2009 1:06 PM

    Hope they take an L even if it makes superpuss look more valuable.

  5. SEC Fan says: Oct 6, 2009 1:22 PM

    Come on now You guys are crazy…Do you really think a rookie(game wise) can win against that LSU defense on a big stage like this..Florida barely beat Tenn. with Tebow..If Tebow doesnt play they will lose. Good thing about Florida being so good for 3 or 4 years is that theres only one way to go and that is DOWN HA LOL! As for the defense being number five WHO have they played Charleston Southern,Troy or whoever and a 2-3 Tennessee Team and Kentucky..They will be exposed by LSU this weekend by the Offense Defense and Special Teams..Just like the Florida Basketball team after their 2 championships they will be mediocre at best and Urban will leave in the middle of the night!! Good ridance you POS!!

  6. Wrathchild says: Oct 6, 2009 1:23 PM

    “…Tebow is looking good”
    People with concussions generally don’t “look” bad. I hope the physicians are making the call on this kid and not Meyer.

  7. Whatever says: Oct 6, 2009 1:44 PM

    There is no doubt that Brantley is a superior passer. The only way I see Florida losing is if they play Tebow, but try to limit him. A hesitant-to-run Tebow would just mess up the flow of the offense. They are better off letting Brantley sling the ball around and handing off to Demps and Rainey. Brantley can actually run well for a QB, but I doubt they’d want to risk him getting injured as well.
    The Gators should unleash the Full Tebow or play Brantley. I would choose to play Brantley.

  8. SwampSide says: Oct 6, 2009 2:29 PM

    You all do realize that this is a Rumor Mill correct? What if Meyer wanted a rumor to leak out the Tebow isn’t going to play? Let LSU prepare for Brantley all week and then *SUPRISE* Tebow is the starter. Just something to think about.

  9. tpmsurfs says: Oct 6, 2009 2:51 PM

    Facts domino is a loser…Why would anyone say that about Tim? Probably one of those who says the SEC isn’t any good. Or perhaps maybe he has had a few too many concussions himself. Wake up low life and don’t hate-just say good game clown! Bottomline Tim will be missed immensely if he does not play. My guess is he comes in the second quarter and has fun resulting in a W.

  10. PixxByTango says: Oct 6, 2009 3:50 PM

    We all want Tebow to play here in Baton Rouge and all Tiger Fans alike. Winning over Florida will be like Sharing the National Championship with USC!!

  11. Facts Domino says: Oct 6, 2009 6:47 PM

    Because he’s overrated, just like Danny Wureful was overrated and neither will have amounted to a thing in the NFL.
    It’s pretty simple.

  12. deepintheswamp says: Oct 7, 2009 3:26 AM

    What is simple, Facts, is that we do not care what type of NFL career UF alum have, what we care about is winning while playing for the Gators. If they should succeed at the next level, good for them and the university. Is that simple enough for you to understand?
    If your not a Gator, you are Gator bait!

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