Following Tim Tebow's footsteps, John Brantley clearly has to continue fulfilling the high expectations of a Florida Gator Quarterback. With Tebow and some others graduating, along with a groupful of players going into the NFL early, the Gators have been doubted by many to be a serious contender. But, with the Pre-season polls being released having the Gators ranked at number three, maybe people will realize that this team is a strong favorite to be in the National Championship for the 2010'-11' season.
Taking the reign after Tebow will certainly be a difficult task for Brantley, but being under Tebow for three years gave him an opportunity to mature and learn a better understanding of the game, making him more than ready to lead the Florida Gators to a National Championship.
"He knows he's going to be compared to Timmy, and that's OK. That's part of the deal," Brantley's father says. "But I keep telling him, 'Be yourself. Don't be Tim Tebow Don't be someone you're not. You've been successful at every level. Don't change.'"
When asked about how his teammate is handling the pressures, wide receiver Deonte Thompson said, "He's got a lot of pressure on him, Tim's a living legend. It don't really bother him though; he's just Brantley."
The young man taking over the reigns at quarterback for the Florida Gators the next two years will be the redshirted Junior Quarterback John Brantley. Not many people know this talented football player who attended Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala, Florida, but he will soon be a household name. Brantley finished his High School football career with the touchdown passing record in the state of Florida, with 99 touchdown passes(breaking Tim Tebow's previous record of 98). He had an outstanding senior year, being rewarded with the 2006 Gatorade National Player of the Year.
Gator fans will love Brantley because he bleeds UF's blue and orange. His Uncle was an all-american Linebacker and his father was a Quarterback for the Florida Gators. John was also coached by former Florida quarterback, Kerwin Bell.
Brantley has already proven that he could be a successful quarterback in college football. In 2009, he played in seven games, throwing 36-48, for 410 yards, seven touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. "He has a great arm with a quick release and is a very good athlete," offensive coordinator Steve Addazio says. "We have a tremendous amount of confidence in John. He's a very, very talented player. I felt last year that he would have started for most of the SEC teams out there. He was ready."
When asked about the potential of his team, Head Coach Urban Meyer stated, "We have a real clear understanding of what John Brantley can do, as well as the guys around him. We have a lot of talent."
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