Tuesday, September 29, 2009

UF Coaches have confidence in Brantley

It is not for certain that Tim Tebow will play in the LSU game despite what a number of news outlets are reporting. Head injuries are elusive in terms of a sure diagnosis. Either way, the Gators are in good hands with Brantley under center.

Now, without a timetable on when Tebow will return to playing form, Brantley will assume the role Florida’s quarterback.

“He’s got a good grasp of the whole offense,” UF offensive coordinator Steve Addazio said of Brantley. “He’s been here and he knows what he’s doing. He can run the whole offense. Like always, we’ll have things that feature someone’s (abilities).”

Brantley said neither Addazio nor coach Urban Meyer have hinted at him starting when the top-ranked Gators (4-0, 2-0 SEC) play at No. 4 LSU (4-0, 2-0 SEC) on Oct. 10. Despite having just 467 career passing yards and seven touchdowns (232 of those yards and four touchdowns coming this season) Brantley said he’s ready to start because he trusts the talent around him.

Plus, he’s been learning the game from one of the best.

“It’s a pleasure to be Tim Tebow’s backup,” Brantley said. “He’s one of the greatest players in college football history and to learn from him and be around him I think it’s a huge opportunity for me.”

After Saturday’s 41-7 win over the Wildcats, Meyer said that if Brantley were to start against the Tigers, the offense could resemble Florida’s offense from the Chris Leak days, with more passing and formations under center.

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