College Football Recruiting: How Would John Brantley Transferring Affect Gators?

Andrew Robeson@SportswriterguyAnalyst IIJanuary 3, 2011

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 13: John Brantley #12 of the Florida Gators warms up during a game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The more and more people discuss John Brantley leaving the Florida Gators, the more it seems likely to happen.

Brantley had an awful 2010, throwing for 10 interceptions while recording just nine touchdowns. Additionally, he only averaged a little over six yards per completion.

Brantley and the Gators were mismatched. They ran the option, while he's designed to be a pocket passer. In fact, Brantley may actually fit into Will Muschamp's offense better than Urban Meyer's, but it may be too late for that.

A season like that is going to mess with a young quarterback's head, and it looks like Brantley may need to get out of Gainesville to regain his form.

So if Brantley leaves the Gators, how would that affect their quarterback situation?

Not too much, it looks like.

Trey Burton has already shown that he can run the red zone offense perfectly, much in the same way that Tim Tebow was once acclimated into Florida's offense. Burton scored 11 rushing touchdowns, but only threw the ball six times this season. If Brantley were to transfer, Burton certainly would be given a shot to run the offense.

The other option is Jeff Driskel, the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the nation, a luxury that only a team like the Gators could have. 

So far Driskel has remained committed to the Gators this offseason, despite the chaos at the University of Florida, and he is rumored to be particularly intrigued by Charlie Weis' hiring.

Driskel is a 5-star recruit who could start immediately for the Gators. He stands at 6'4" and weighs 224 pounds. He is extremely athletic and can play from pretty much any formation. 

All in all, the Gators will survive if Brantley transfers, and who knows, they may be better off if he does. 

New regime, new quarterback, new era. Kind of makes sense doesn't it?