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UF’s Brantley Says His Back Is Fine, But What About When He Gets Hit?

Over the past few weeks, John Brantley has been dealing with a sore lower back.  Even his practice load has been lessened at time as a result.  But Florida’s quarterback says he’s A-OK and ready for action:

“I’m feeling good.  I’ve been in that training room a lot lately just trying to make it feel good.  It’s just been a bunch of little soreness and tightness, nothing major at all.”

Raise your hand if that’s the kind of comment you want to hear your QB making just days before the season opener.  Anyone?

Obviously, the big question will come when Brantley takes a hit… especially if it’s a blindside hit.  Will he bounce right back up, or will soreness impact his passing mechanics?

Backs can be notoriously slow to heal.  Just ask anyone who’s ever dealt with back pain.  So for a starting SEC quarterback to be dealing with a sore one before the season even starts, well, it’s far from ideal.

Still, Brantley believes “UF fans are going to like” Charlie Weis’ new offense.  “We’re ready to show everybody what we’ve got.”

The senior also says he learned a lot while struggling through a disappointing 2010 campaign.  “I definitely learned last year that when things aren’t going right or when things are just going wrong you need to forget about it and just move on.”

Brantley will be working in a new system Saturday against Florida Atlantic.  He’ll be hoping that the skill players around him can pick up more of the slack in Weis’ offense than they were able to in Urban Meyer’s spread last season.  The last thing he needs to be worried about is his sore back.

Yet as the season opener approaches, that’s a topic he is still having to discuss.


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