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QB Brantley decides to remain a Gator

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After a month of uncertainty and refusal to commit to a return, quarterback John Brantley has decided to remain in Gainesville to finish out his collegiate career.

We’ll leave it to the Florida faithful to determine whether that’s good news or bad.

Speaking to Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post, Brantley’s father confirmed that his son will be a member of the Gators football program in 2011.  The younger Brantley is currently enrolled in classes, and is apparently excited about the opportunity to play in new coordinator Charlie Weis’ pro-style offense.

“This is what we would have sought out if we had looked to move on, but it came to us,” John Brantley III, a former UF player, told the paper. “Johnny’s looking forward to the challenge.

“Once they said there was going to be a pro-style, transferring wasn’t even a question.”

Actually, there was indeed a question even after Weis was hired.  Brantley’s father told the Orlando Sentinel in early January, following Weis’ hire, that the family had not made a decision, and wouldn’t make one until after they’d spoken to the new coordinator.

Despite the fact that they still haven’t spoken to Weis, the redshirt junior, “unless something goes wrong between now and the end of the spring semester”, will not be transferring from the Gators.

Again, we’ll allow those with a vested interest in the program to decide whether smiles or frowns are appropriate at this time.

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13 Responses to “QB Brantley decides to remain a Gator”
  1. louforprethident says: Jan 14, 2011 3:54 PM

    As a Gator fan, I like that he will return. I may be in the minority though. I truely do not think he was given a real chance to run the offense, the play calling was terrible and his receivers couldn’t run a route that’s not a slant (sometimes they couldn’t do that either).

    I hope he gets a fair shot, because I think he will make the most of it if he does.

  2. WingT says: Jan 14, 2011 4:07 PM

    As a Bama fan, I like that he will return. I hope he starts for the Gators

  3. gatorprof says: Jan 14, 2011 4:31 PM

    He might not start next year.

  4. blitz4848 says: Jan 14, 2011 4:37 PM

    His DADDY speaking for him says it all……he should have left!
    Everyone NOT a GATOR in the SEC is glad he’s back but it won’t matter. Brantley will be an insurance policy against injuries and that’s ALL!

    Wasn’t given a fair shot? He can’t go through his progressions, he panics in the pocket, he will throw the ball anywhere or to anyone rather than stand in the pocket and take a hit!
    He has almost a 100% completion pct on 3rd down because he ALWAYS throws it short of the 1st down (which is what the defense gives him)
    rather than stand in and take the hit to get the 1st down.

    He is NOT any kind of leader at all. Name one time any Gator fan has EVER seen him going up and down the offense on the sidelines trying to rally them up—it doesn’t happen.

    Brantley is loyal and a nice kid but he’s NEVER going to be anywhere near as good as his DADDY thinks he is. He looks great in practice because he wears the red no contact jersey and KNOWS he can’t be hit.

    Unless Brantley is reincarnated with a real SET of Balls and a completely different mental makeup he will have wished he had transfered to an FCS school so he could play his final season.
    You can be sure this is Brantley’s final season playing football no matter how bad DADDY wants him to play on Sundays.

  5. John Taylor says: Jan 14, 2011 4:39 PM

    I think it’s fair to say that blitz is firmly in the “bad news” camp.

  6. blitz4848 says: Jan 14, 2011 5:06 PM

    Hey, JT–I feel like a new man after spending yet another week in the Florida Keys—it’s tough but someone has to do it.

    It’s not bad news–it’s smart–we now have a 4 yr vet for emergency purposes and they can also trot him out in practice so the other Qbs know what NOT to do if you want to be the starter!!!

  7. John Taylor says: Jan 14, 2011 5:22 PM

    Sorry blitz, I was too pissed upon seeing “after spending yet another week in the Florida Keys” to read anything else you had to say…

  8. louforprethident says: Jan 14, 2011 10:48 PM


    How many times have you heard that you have to take a few hits, calm down and settle into the game? Players on both sides of the ball are hyped up and it takes a series or two most of the time to get relaxed and get into the rhythm of the game. Brantley rarely got a chance to even go three and out before getting yanked for one of the two other quarterbacks. Your head would be on a swivel too if every time you were in the game it was a passing situation and the defense didn’t have to worry about the run.

    Have I ever seen him run up and down the sidelines trying to get everyone pumped up? No. It’s pretty rare to see any quarterback do that, not just Brantley. You can’t expect to see Tebow like leadership. I admit that I would like to see more leadership on the field and sidelines, but how could the players take one third of a quarterback seriously?

    Last season’s quarterback situation was played terribly by the coaching staff. If they really thought that Brantley couldn’t play, then they should have just benched him. If they thought that he could play, they should have let him run the ship for at least a couple of games. They didn’t do either.

    I could be wrong and maybe Brantley would be a bust if given a real chance, but you will never convince me that he has been given that shot yet.

  9. secdominance says: Jan 14, 2011 11:47 PM

    He should have left. All his check down passes were turning me into a Bama fan.

  10. rangenius says: Jan 15, 2011 3:15 AM

    Brantley/Driskel = Leak/Tebow

  11. rangenius says: Jan 15, 2011 3:18 AM

    Why do Bama fans comment on Gator stories? I wouldn’t waste time doing that. Envy runs deep… Go Gators!

  12. blitz4848 says: Jan 15, 2011 8:56 AM

    Brantley had a chance at the beginning of the season BEFORE we tried the 2 and 3 headed Qb fiasco!

    Brantley won’t take a snap unless he EARNS them because neither Weis or Muschamp owe him anything. I hope he does come around but I just don’t see it happening. If he does then Gator Nation will support him but right now I don’t know many alums, fans or boosters that envision Brantley under center when the season starts in Sept.

  13. cdngatorfan says: Jan 17, 2011 10:05 AM

    I think Brantley had plenty of opportunities, and I don’t buy that he wasn’t given a fair chance to show what he can be. Personaly, I wish he had of moved on.

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