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John Brantley: The Florida Gators QB Contemplates Transferring

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 30:  Quarterback John Brantley #12 of the Florida Gators attempts a pass during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field on October 30, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Max HollanderContributor IDecember 17, 2010

Florida Gator redshirt sophomore quarterback John Brantley has found himself caught between a rock and a hard place. After once addressing the idea of transferring as a situation that would never arise, now with the hiring of Will Muschamp after the greatly unanticipated resignation of Urban Meyer, Brantley has been questioned about the possibility of leaving the University of Florida. After posting a lack luster season and an unimpressive record of 7-5, Brantley is faced with the choice of staying at Florida or leaving for another school. Muschamp has been adamant in the idea of bringing in a pro style offense, much different than the run and gun style of Urban Meyer which is much more suitable for Brantley. For a college athlete, deciding to attend a school and participating in an athletic program is  highly dependent on the coaching staff, and having what you’ve known since arrival suddenly bail on you can be discouraging.  

If Brantley does decide to leave and take his skills somewhere else he has two options. One, transfer to an FBS school and sit out one season due to the transfer policies. Option two would be to transfer to an FCS school, the bowl game sub division, and play next year. For Brantley, transferring to the bowl subdivision conference would be a huge step down from the legendary 90,000 fan per game Florida Gator football program, but it would give him the opportunity to play next season without the hassle of taking a year off. The obvious benefit of taking a year off to remain in the FBS seemingly would be the immense exposure coupled with the constant attention from NFL analysts and scouts.

Brantley has a rough few weeks ahead of him jam-packed with reporters drilling him for a speedy answer along with the troubles of truly making his tough decision. The earlier the better will be true for Brantley, due to the fact that having the opportunity to enroll at a new school in the spring could give him the opportunity to compete in the exceptionally vital spring practices. Despite the implications of transferring or staying, only time will tell as to what Brantley and his support staff decide what’s best for him. 

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