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Florida’s Brantley out against LSU

John Brantley

Gator fans were still awaiting word on the injury to quarterback John Brantley on Sunday; today they have their answer, and it’s not good.

In his Monday press conference, UF coach Will Muschamp said Brantley has a lower leg injury that won’t require surgery, but will require him to miss at least a week. The news confirmed what had been swirling around the rumor mill for the past 12 hours or so. Brantley suffered the injury, which appears to affect his ankle, near the end of the first half of a 38-10 loss to Alabama.

That means freshman Jeff Driskel is expected to get the start at LSU this weekend. Welcome to the SEC, son.

Muschamp also said, though, that Jacoby Brissett and Tyler Murphy will get reps in practice this week in preparation for the No. 1 Tigers.

Driskel went 2-for-6 for 14 yards in the loss to the Tide.

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  1. mydixienormus says: Oct 3, 2011 1:38 PM

    Now UF fans will have an excuse when LSU beats them by 30+.

    I can hear it now.

  2. southernpatriots says: Oct 3, 2011 1:50 PM

    Sorry, we won’t see John Brantley even dress out on Saturday. It looks like we will have to introduce the young QBs, the future of the Gators, to SEC defense. Welcome to Deaf/Valley!

    We wish Brantley well and quick recovering on his high ankle sprain (as reported by ESPN)

    We have lived through many seasons of rebuilding in our years of life with LSU. Some can be more enjoyable than others, and some are downright miserable. We hope your rebuilding year(s?) are not miserable and somehow become enjoyable. The roughest place to rebuild a team is the SEC West.

  3. blitz4848 says: Oct 3, 2011 2:38 PM


    We don’t make excuses–we got dominated on both lines of scrimmage by Bama and were manhandled……..

    If LSU does the same to us then we will say the
    same! We play LSU every year as our rivalry game and we have pounded the bayou Bengals in the past and enjoy the rivalry game.

    What you can hear now is–you sir aren’t an LSU fan you are just a loudmouth enormous A$$hole!

  4. florida727 says: Oct 3, 2011 2:41 PM

    With all due respect to the young man, he’s never panned out to what the recruiting expectations of him were. After throwing 99 TD passes in high school to break Tim Tebow’s state record, expectations were that Brantley would lead a pro style offense that would blow up most if not all SEC defenses. It simply hasn’t happened.

    Yeah, he’s completing 65% of his throws. But he’s thrown for less than 1,000 in 4+ games this season (against less-than-stellar competition I’m afraid) and has only 5 TD passes against 3 INTs. Hardly the stuff of national championship aspirations or NFL draft dreams.

    Fortunately for John, unfortunately for a ‘true’ statistical analysis of his skills, the GatorZone statistics page doesn’t show YAC (yards after catch). Many of those 65% completions are check-down 5 yard throws that Demps or Rainey turn into big plays (see Rainey’s 83-yarder off of a 5 yard pass as evidence exhibit #1).

    His career numbers aren’t much better. 24 TDs v. 14 INTs. Averaging 104 passing yards per game in 35 games. Granted, some of those ‘games’ were mop-up duty for Tebow, but even this year, 188 YPG won’t get him mistaken at the local McDonald’s for Andrew Luck or Kellen Moore or Case Keenum.

    You’d never wish anyone to suffer an injury that keeps him out for any period of time, especially during his final season of eligibility. But the Gators have much bigger issues when facing LSU than whether or not Brantley is under center.

    BTW, “dixie”, most, if not all, Gator fans are realists. We don’t need ‘excuses’ when we get beat by a better team, which LSU clearly is. And if do get discouraged after losing to LSU on Saturday, we can always go back to Gainesville and look at the 3 national championship trophies and 3 Heisman trophies sitting in the athletic complex to brighten up our spirits. If you lose, what will you do? Let me guess: open another beer. Idiot…

  5. gatorprof says: Oct 3, 2011 2:49 PM

    no surprise there

  6. mydixienormus says: Oct 3, 2011 3:08 PM

    Getting you Florida fans stired up is so easy…

    18 yards of rushing with all that “Florida Talent” must make you all so proud.

    LSU’s defense is pretty good. Think they might stack the box and make your young QB throw it?

    Maybe UF will get 30 yards rushing against LSU.

    How many top 10 recruiting classes have you had? A bunch.

    Maybe all those star rating systems aren’t as accurate as we thought?

    How much did Notre Dame pay to get rid of Big Daddy Charlie? Millions. UF was dumb enough to take Notre Dame’s sloppy seconds.

  7. soflatrojan says: Oct 3, 2011 3:11 PM

    This game would have been a whole lot more fun to watch if Brantley was playing. I didn’t think he looked bad at all against Bama. In fact I was impressed with his improvment over last year.

    Even with as Brantley was last year he still looked better than Driskell. Driskell is not ready to be on the field. UF has a very difficult schedule this year and if they don’t get Brantley back its going to be a long year.

    Will Muschamp give Brisset a chance to play? He can’t be worse than Driskell.

  8. blitz4848 says: Oct 3, 2011 3:36 PM


    Brissett will be a talent but has trouble with the playbook–Weiss would ideally like him to “redshirt” and have an extra year to grasp the system.

    Look for Troy Murphy to play some to a lot depending on Driskell!
    Driskell is good and has been a very good “practice” Qb but a “deer in headlights” in his live game appearances.

  9. southernpatriots says: Oct 3, 2011 3:55 PM


    So many QBs do so well in high school, then not so well, and sometimes miserably in college. Some similar come to mind quickly. The report on one right now we know and plays for LSU, or plays in a reduced capacity, is that he knows about 8 to 10 plays. He led the LSU offense to 100th to 120th in the nation last year. He doesn’t do well with the playbook either when it has more than 10 plays.

    Any of the top QBs you mentioned we would have taken gladly this past year. At present, we have a good QB who was ready to step in and lead. He has done what was asked of him. You don’t sometimes need a Luck or similar QB, when you have a good defense and good special teams. You just need an offensive leader who won’t lose the game for you.

    We know Coach did not want to make a change from Brantley under these circumstances at this time, but this is football in the SEC, and especially the West. Any player at any time, in any game, can be injured. No conference plays more smash mouth football than the SEC, notwithstanding the surprise of Mississippi State Bulldogs Coach Dan Mullen when playing LSU.

    Our best to the Gators the remainder of the season, except when in Baton Rouge. Our best to Gator fans to be patient and supportive during this rebuilding year.

  10. florida727 says: Oct 3, 2011 4:19 PM

    Thanks, “southern…”. It’s irritating that we have to tolerate idiots like ‘dixie’ on sites like CFT. Feel sorry for people that are so miserable that their only ‘fun’ is to belittle others while hiding behind a computer keyboard. In truth, they offer nothing to a ‘conversation’ among otherwise knowledgeable fans.

    It’s a shame LSU and Alabama have to play in early November instead of early January. Although I’ve been mildly impressed with Oklahoma, their defense is suspect and their offense has never faced a defense with the talent, speed, and physicality combination of an LSU or ‘Bama. Those are, clearly, the two best teams in America this year.

    Good luck, Saturday, although I’m guessing you won’t need much of it.

  11. gatorfan1 says: Oct 3, 2011 4:19 PM


    The only thing easier than riling up Florida fans is pointing out idiots mistakes.

    YOU do realize that in the last 10 years Florida is tied with LSU for the most NC’s, right?

    Let’s see, Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, USC (cheating), Texas, FSU and some others have had a “bunch” or as many top 10 classes and done much less. So which one of these schools do you follow troll.

    Thanks for playing moron, try again!

  12. mydixienormus says: Oct 3, 2011 4:27 PM

    Dearest Gatorfan1:

    You know your season isn’t going well when you have to fall back on the “good old days”.

    Too bad that wasn’t last year.

    With all that FL talent, I thought you guys just had to “reload”?

    Looks like the chamber is empty…

    Don’t forget you can always bring up the “The SEC is wicked awesome” excuse too.

  13. southernpatriots says: Oct 3, 2011 4:55 PM


    We remember some working hard to agitate us in connection with the game in Morgantown, and before that around LSU’s spring game, and then about JJ (our starting QB last year), and even the horrible assault upon the Mason family and friends (LSU fans) as they were leaving the WVU/LSU game.

    It seems sometimes if there is a news story or rumor some will try to stir up (agitate). Sometimes, if you are able, you need to ignore them. We remember Deb warning us some year or more ago, that often there are young boys making mischief. Even to this point, inevitably we receive folks attacking us for using “we” to represent members of our extended family and I.

  14. blueglaze says: Oct 3, 2011 5:31 PM

    Man i know it’s a long shot but if UF upsets LSU Dixie is going to feel like a real turd haha. Just remember that golden rule, who knows when and where karma will strike next…

  15. gatorfan1 says: Oct 3, 2011 5:34 PM


    Reading comprehension throws you for a loop huh?

    The one who mentioned the past was you about recruiting classes. I was just pointing out your stupidity of using that as an argument since Florida has won the most NC’s in the last 10 years.

    This of course makes you truly an idiot since whoever you root for can’t say the same over the last 10 years. Unless your an LSU fan!

    Of course like a lot of blowhards on this board you don’t identify who root for, you just post on the teams or team you can’t stand??? How weak minded you must be.

    And since you take a shot at the SEC, that must mean you are fan of another conference. That makes you even more irrelevant since the SEC is about to win a sixth NC in a row!!

  16. southernpatriots says: Oct 3, 2011 5:55 PM


    We agree that we are on the threshold of continuing the streak for the 6th straight year. Don’t think any conference has ever done that before even when the polls such as UPI, AP, Dad’s Remote Control Poll, Mom’s Cupcake Poll? Maybe someone knows?

    An SEC team can repeat again this year if the brutal schedule does not result in injuries to key players that won’t heal before the SuperDome game. The intensity of the rivalries and play in the SEC week in and week out is by far the best of any conferences or teams in the U.S. This is great entertainment but brings its resulting injuries as well.

    We were speaking with several surgeons recently and they were discussing adding new offices for their practices. Each had read periodicals which described the best cities/towns for sports medicine and most were in the home towns of SEC universities/teams. We all in our family do not believe that is a coincidence.

  17. gatorfan1 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:33 PM


    Injuries are always part of the game. But for the most part it has worked out for the SEC.

    Most of the top tier SEC teams, and that would be Alabama & LSU this year both have good depth.

    I would be shocked if the winner of that game is not the NC winner this year. Remember there is usually almost a month to a month and a half after the SEC game before the NC title game. More than enough to get a starter back or get the next man ready.

    As a fan I’m really looking forward to the game. I just don’t know who to root for, you or Deb. It should be a fun game for me to watch but stressful for you guys!

  18. southernpatriots says: Oct 3, 2011 6:54 PM


    Deb is invested in Alabama, and for her it is a generational thing.

    We are invested in LSU, and for us it is a generational thing as well as our personal alma mater for all family members except one and for that one he was a renowned football player for the University of Georgia (you can imagine some of the conversations we have had over the years…especially when UGA would have won the SEC championship and/or played for the national championship…except for LSU…ha.)

    Some previous generations–mother, uncle and aunt, etc. went to Notre Dame or St. Mary’s of Notre Dame.

    You are right about the amount of time between the SEC championship game and the BCS National. Thank you for reminding us. If players can avoid a ACL tear or similar they should be ready.

    Football is supposed to be fun…entertainment. Sometimes it is nerve wracking. That game will be the latter.

  19. thefiesty1 says: Oct 3, 2011 8:22 PM

    It’s too bad Brantley won’t be able to play. Boom is not going to be a happy camper without him. Good luck, and get well soon. It’d like to see Fla do well Muschamp’s first year. But then again it is LSU and the SEC. Tough enough without your QB.

  20. southernpatriots says: Oct 3, 2011 8:25 PM

    thefiesty1: You said it well.

  21. Spencer says: Oct 3, 2011 8:29 PM

    Driskel is getting thrown into the fire, but it will be invaluable experience for him. Going up against the best team in the country, at Death Valley, in his first start? Once he gets through it he’ll never be intimidated again.

    Sounds like Brantley’s injury isn’t as bad as it seemed, glad to hear it.

  22. jag8r904 says: Oct 3, 2011 9:29 PM

    Y’all act like this is devastating. Read the article again. Its about John Brantley.

    Ironically, last time UF was going to B.R., it looked like Brantley would get the start over and injured Tim Tebow. UF fans thought the Gators would be ok with Brantley. Now, I think the Gators are, not necessarily better, but no worse off without him.

  23. trbowman says: Oct 4, 2011 1:55 AM

    Florida was going to get destroyed with Brantley, this doesn’t change much.

  24. rajuncajun28 says: Oct 4, 2011 6:30 AM

    So many under-appreciated scholars sharing their football prowess…LSU wins….Gators lose…how is that for analysis?

  25. southernpatriots says: Oct 4, 2011 6:39 AM

    rajuncajun28: That is funny and poignant. LSU should win, especially now with Brantley out and a new QB getting game experience against LSU’s defense. With a great QB and execution from WVU at Morgantown, LSU should have won and did.

    We advanced before the game with the Mountaineers that if LSU did not win, it would be a great upset and something went very wrong on both offense and defense for LSU. The same goes for this game.

    The question will be, what the game will look like. Will Tyrann continue his great tear and force another couple of fumbles and scoop up another one for a touchdown, or maybe deflect a pass and intercept it, or will the LSU defensive line spend the day in the Florida backfield?

    Florida is in a rebuilding year, we should win. It will be a different story next year or the year after when Florida is once again a power to be reckoned with the SEC.

  26. bikerhal says: Oct 4, 2011 9:06 AM

    As a Tiger fan, I prefer Brantley to be in there because should we win it would carry more weight in the polls. The Driskell kid looks like he has a lot of potential though, and you can never tell about college football; never get overconfident. LSU looked disinterested, even flat, against Kentucky.

    I think our receivers need to step up. I don’t see the kind of performance we are used to at that position. To beat the ‘Bamas and win the SEC, we need them to get better.

  27. southernpatriots says: Oct 4, 2011 9:15 AM


    You are correct. We think the play was somewhat flat against Kentucky since the players HAD TO BE TIRED for the 3 top 25 teams, all away from home in 4 weeks. This week will show they have rested up now from that long and tough first 4 weeks and home makes a big difference, so we will see this week. With this week, the schedule away and home, SEC, gets to be more of what they are used to and they should show some pep.

    We hope the QB situation is not where any coach will meddle. JJ inserted at times where another running back is needed or to mess up the defenses of the opponent, but leave well enough alone and keep Lee as the QB. We surely do not need to repeat the 100th to 120th ranked offense that JJ led last year.

    If anyone else has to motivate them against Alabama, they just need a casket, because they are dead.

  28. hrudey says: Oct 4, 2011 10:14 AM

    As a Gator fan who still can’t avoid saying the expletive in Lindsay F***ing Scott, and who still remembers Herschel F***ing Walker roll through the Gators like a man amongst toddlers, little miss dixie’s pokes don’t bother me in the least. If losing in consecutive weeks to the two best damn teams in the country is supposed to be the low point of fandom, I’ll take it. It wasn’t that long ago that a first-year ‘bama coach lost to the Golden Failures of Louisiana-Monroe, and certainly what that coach has done since makes up for that in spades.

  29. mydixienormus says: Oct 4, 2011 10:33 AM

    What is UF loses 5 of their next 7? Will that be a “low point”?

    At least you can hang you hat on a Furman win.

    LSU – Loss

    Auburn – Loss

    Georgia – Loss

    Vanderbilt – Win

    South Carolina – Loss

    Furman – Win

    Florida State – Loss

  30. hrudey says: Oct 4, 2011 11:20 AM

    dixie: So you’re the one who said: “You know your season isn’t going well when you have to fall back on the “good old days”. ” and now you’re relying on “What if?” Puh-leeze. Go find some easier bridge to hide under, since you’re not nearly a good enough troll to be worthy of a spot here.

  31. mydixienormus says: Oct 4, 2011 11:25 AM

    I’ll talk at you when UF has another 6-win season this year.

  32. gatorfan1 says: Oct 4, 2011 1:37 PM


    LSU – Loss
    Auburn – Loss
    Georgia – Loss
    Vanderbilt – Win
    South Carolina – Loss
    Furman – Win
    Florida State – Loss

    Are you stating this as fact?? Wow…you must be some millionaire betting in Vegas and I might want a piece of that action.

    “I’ll talk at you when UF has ANOTHER 6-win season this year.”

    Umm just so you know, it’s been almost 25 years since Florida won 6 games in a season.

    Nice use of the word “another”! Way to make yourself credible. Remember my comment about reading comprehension in a previous post, nothings changed.

  33. greygator39 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:34 AM

    My first post on this blog. After reading the pathetic posts from “dixie…mouse,” I felt as though one reply mentioning him would be all he’d be worth.

    dix, your comments are pitiful attempts to put down other bloggers and their teams along with poorly disguised slaps at the best CFB conference in America. The only regrettable factor about the SEC championship game is that one of the best two football teams in America will lose. However, either Bama or LSU would beat any other team from any other conference in the country. I am a UofFla grad and they are my favorite team win or lose no excuses. Given the tone of your comments you must be a fan of the Big 10 or the former Big 12. Good luck with either during bowl season.

    To everyone else on the blog, I’m glad to be a part of the blog. Most of you appear to be real football fans instead of bomb-throwers.

    On other blogs that have had problem children like dixie…….mouse, we discovered that if you don’t respond to their posts they just leave and move on. In any case, it improves the blog.

  34. southernpatriots says: Oct 6, 2011 6:16 AM

    greygator39: Thank you. My extended family and I (we) love your alias! I guess we all are grey tigers (with a couple of white tigers, ha!)

    The latest news from the Sports Information Office at LSU tell us that Brantley MAY play on Saturday. The injury was not as bad and was thought and it is responded well to treatment. That is the only source we have heard such news. Has Florida released any similar news release?

    All Tiger fans love playing Florida. The Swamp is similar to Deaf/Death Valley. Another day game…shameful for the tv goons. Florida and Alabama are two teams to whom we have an overall losing record.

  35. bayoubauer says: Oct 7, 2011 1:24 PM

    This is for dixie and all the touchy UF fans.

    Arguing on the internet is just like running in the special olympics:

    Even if you win, you’re still retarded.

  36. mydixienormus says: Oct 7, 2011 1:47 PM


    That is the funniest comment I have ever read on this site.


    However, getting these Florida fans sturred up will never stop being fun…

  37. gatorfan1 says: Oct 7, 2011 5:33 PM


    You don’t rile up Gator fans, you take WAY to much credit for your idiocy.

    We just like pointing out all of your mistakes. Not one post from you on this particular blog was accurate.

    There’s plenty of Gator haters that post on this board. However, unlike you, they actually make lucid and credible posts. Sorry but you’re an idiot.

  38. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 8, 2011 1:00 AM

    Where the LakesidegatorHater? Does any of this matter, with or without Brantley, LSU wins by 3 scores. Florida can’t run the ball, and the Tigers secondary is too good.

  39. tigersgeaux says: Oct 8, 2011 6:46 AM

    Tiger line, Tiger linebackers, Tiger secondary–Tiger defense will handle the Gators. LSU will demonstrate line superority on both sides of the line by at least mid-third quarter. Working into victory by 30 points…LSU 40 — UF 10.

  40. tigersgeaux says: Oct 8, 2011 7:04 PM

    I not used to this at all, but I guess I can get it right every 100 or so, and this one was it. Final score LSU 41 — UF 11. Now that is a 30 point spread just as above and within one point of each.

    Really enjoyed seeing “Archie Who?”–our beloved Archie Manning on the broadcast. All LSU fans like to hear what he has to say. He was one we loved to hate when he played for Ole Miss and then loved him when he played for the Saints. Have worked with his camp at Nicholls State helping the kids. A great guy and great family.

    Now that was a game, great defense. Good offense, good special teams.

  41. Mr. Hand says: Oct 8, 2011 9:28 PM

    Looks like the days of UF being relevant are once again over. See you in 2040…

  42. tigersgeaux says: Oct 8, 2011 9:42 PM

    @Mr. Hand, I know you are picking at Florida, because Florida and Alabama are two rare teams with whom LSU has lost more games than they have won. Florida is the only other school which has won two BCS National Championships (after LSU which was the first). You know Florida is rebuilding and may well be at a very competitive level next season or the next. Don’t get me wrong…it is good to beat Florida any time, any year. But we have gotten beaten by them enough to know it won’t be that way always.

    I and my family are very loyal LSU Tiger fans. We hold season tickets and tailgate at many games, home and away.

  43. southernpatriots says: Oct 8, 2011 10:40 PM

    We met many dozens of wonderful Florida fans. They loved the Cajun tailgate. We have been invited to The Swamp as this rivalry continues.

    Florida is obviously rebuilding. Their starting QB and 2nd QB were hurt, so their 3rd QB started and played. LSU should have, and did, dominate the line of scrimage on both sides.

    Florida players did not let off, they kept playing and hitting hard for 60 minutes. They did not give up or call in the plays when the outcome was decided long before the end of the game.

    The fans were not aware of the new rule which was first penalized to LSU Australian punter Wing. Something needs to be done to modify this idiocy. If any of us were a punter scoring the first touchdown of our lives, we would do something celebratory, that’s for sure!

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