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“I just made this comment – I love this team,” Meyer said Sunday morning, less than 12 hours after his Gators dismantled No. 4 LSU 13-3. “You’re dealing with mature, grown-up people. Good guys.”
Perhaps no one exemplified the maturity and team-first attitude this week than backup quarterback John Brantley, who as late as Wednesday was primed to earn his first career college start after two-plus seasons of waiting patiently behind Tim Tebow.
Meyer pulled Brantley aside after last night’s game to talk to his future QB, to see how he handled the disappointment of not playing. Brantley passed the test with flying colors.
“Absolutely no issue with Johnny, and he’s going to prepare again this week as if he’s playing,” Meyer said. “The one thing that’s happening right now with a kid like Johnny, he’s grown up, he’s matured, and he’s preparing to win a game.”
The maturity goes beyond Brantley, obviously. It extends to a defense that rotates 20-25 players into a game and takes coaching well. To an offense that has to spread the ball around to nine different playmakers (when Tebow doesn’t hold onto it himself). To a special teams unit littered with five-star prospects who never played a down of special teams in high school.