April 22nd, 2011 11:33 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Florida
Tags: John Brantley, So John, Tim Tebow, Urban Meyer
Will Muschamp doesn’t want folks paying too much attention to quarterback John Brantley’s disappointing (4 of 14 for 45 yards) spring game. Last year’s starter took a beating as he and Urban Meyer’s offense never jelled in 2010. With Charlie Weis on the scene, it was expected that Brantley would turn things around, but that wasn’t the case in UF’s final scrimmage.
“I don’t think in the spring game, John had much of a chance,” Muschamp said this week. “We played well up front defensively and had a lot of moving parts up front offensively. So John didn’t have a whole lot of chance. Heck, I was standing behind him and saw it coming pretty fast.”
As we wrote earlier this week, Brantley has been through a season in the SEC. That experience gives him an advantage over the newcomers on the Gators’ QB depth chart.
We also believe Florida still needs to develop some top flight weaponry to put around their signal-caller. Last year’s lack of playmakers at running back and receiver was not a first-time thing. Tim Tebow basically acted as a one-man offense during his senior season in Gainesville the year before.
Until UF develops some consistent contributors at the skill positions, Brantley will — at most — be part of the Gators’ offensive problems rather than the biggest issue.
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