With news that UF Coach Urban Meyer is planning on using a two quarterback system again this year, this question comes up: When is Meyer going to do something that benefits his players?
Don't get me wrong, Meyer has had excellent success in his tenure at UF. His record and two National Championships speak for themselves. But his time in Gainesville has come with some questionable tactics too.
Leaving his players arrests and the soap opera way he likes to have all of the attention on him (i.e. taking a leave of absence and returning the very next day), he has been a great asset to the university.
He had arguably the one of the best college football players ever in Tim Tebow over the past four years. Tebow was perfect for Meyers offense as he was a physically guy who could run and get the ball down the field to UF's play-makers. But after Tebow's junior year, he did nothing to prepare him for the NFL.
Tebow returned for his senior year to win a national championship, yes, but more so to show NFL scouts that he can play QB at the next level. I thought that Meyer would throw him a bone and put more passing plays in. Tebow did pass for 2,895 yards as a senior compared to 2,746 as a junior, but he threw for nine less touchdowns while attempting 16 more passes. The more alarming stat is that he ran for 910 yards, more than any other year he was at UF.
The NFL is not a running league for QBs.
Now he's doing the same thing with John Brantley. Brantley is now Tebow by any stretch of the imagination. He is equally as touted but his strength is in the passing game. But like Chris Leak did in 2006, he is going to split snaps with Trey Burton and tight end Jordan Reed, limiting Brantley's chances to show what he can do in short and goal line situations. Wouldn't you think NFL scouts would like to see how Brantley fairs when the game is on the line inside the five yard line?
Meyer has been a great coach for UF and has brought them much success, but his offensive system doesn't translate well at the next level, especially at the QB position. And when will recruits see that they won't get a chance to play in the NFL because their coach is selfishly running the program.
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