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John Brantley

QB

Height
6' 3"
CLASS
RSR
Hometown
Ocala
Weight
219 lbs.
Experience
3L
School
Trinity Catholic
John Brantley

CAREER: A redshirt senior quarterback that passed for 4,750 yards and 30 touchdowns as a Gator…Completed 398-of-645 passes for a completion percentage of 61.7…Finished his career with a passer efficiency rating of 133.33.

 

2011: Started in 11 games for the Orange and Blue as a redshirt senior quarterback…Was one-of-two quarterbacks in the nation with two, 80-yard passing plays, and touchdown scores of the 2011 season, joining James Vandenberg from Iowa (80-yard touchdown pass to Andre Debose vs. Furman, and 83-yard touchdown pass to Chris Rainey vs. Tennessee)…Was 144-of-240 on the season with 2,044 yards, 11 touchdowns and a completion percentage of 60.0…Tallied a 140.83 efficiency rating at the end of his redshirt senior season…Led the Gators to a 24-17 victory over Ohio State in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, completing 12-of-16 passes for 132 yards and tallying one touchdown pass to Deonte Thompson…Completed 9-of-15 passes for 104 yards against Florida State…Had a career game against Furman, recording the first 300-yard passing game of his career when he completed 16-of-28, threw for 329 yards in the air and four touchdowns…Went 13-of-21 with 119 yards against South Carolina…Threw for 173 yards against Vanderbilt, completing 16-of-24 passes for a quarterback rating of 127.2…Brantley averaged 20.4 yards per throw against Georgia, when he totaled 245 yards on 12 completions and had the second-highest output of his career…Against the Bulldogs, Brantley completed a pass for 72 yards to Jeff Demps and completed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Reed…Had a career-best passing performance in a single half when he went 10-for-20 with 226 yards in the first half against the Bulldogs…Recorded the highest quarterback rating of his career against Alabama, 176.6, when he threw for 190 yards off 11 completions and topped it off with a 65-yard touchdown pass to Andre Debose on the first play of the game…His 190 yards were the second-most against the Tide in a single-game all season, and his 68.8 completion percentage was the highest for any QB against Alabama…Connected with Gerald Christian on a 45-yard touchdown pass against Kentucky where he completed 8 passes for 115 yards…Went 14-for-23 with two touchdowns and 213 yards against Tennessee…Had a career-long pass of 83 yards to Chris Rainey for a touchdown against the Vols, the pass was the fifth-longest passing play by the Gators at Florida Field in school history… He also tacked on a 1-yard touchdown pass to Trey Burton against the Vols…Was 12-for-19 with 195 yards against UAB…Threw for 229 yards against Florida Atlantic completing 21-of-30 passes with one touchdown off a 14-yard pass to Chris Rainey in the season opener.

 

2010: Was 200-of-329 on the season with 2,061 yards, nine touchdowns, and a completion percentage of 60.8…Was 6-for-13 for 41 yards in the Outback Bowl against Penn State while being utilized on third-down conversions in Florida’s three quarterback system…Went 6-of-12 for 52 yards at Florida State and threw a 20-yard touchdown…Was 16-of-22 for 222 yards against Appalachian State, and caught a TD pass, a five-yard grab from Jordan Reed…Recorded a quarterback rating of 148.40 against Appalachian State…The last time a starting quarterback had a receiving touchdown was in 1998, when Doug Johnson caught a 10-yard reception from wide receiver Travis McGriff against Georgia on October 31, 1998…Went 16-of-31 for 130 yards against South Carolina…Went 11-of-18 for 157 yards with two touchdowns against Vanderbilt…Recorded two passing touchdowns against Vanderbilt after not having thrown for a touchdown in the four previous games…Went 16-of-25 for 193 yards against Georgia, helping lead Florida to 450 yards of total offense, the Gators’ second-highest offensive showing of the season…Also averaged 8.1 yards per pass against the Bulldogs, the highest output of the season, and completed multiple passes to six different receivers…Recorded career highs in rushing attempts (nine), passing attempts (39), and tied his career high in completions (24) against Mississippi State…Went 24-of-39 for 210 yards against Mississippi State…Went 16-of-24 for 154 yards against LSU, including a 51-yard pass to Carl Moore in the fourth quarter…Went 16-of-31 for 202 yards against Alabama…Had a streak of 157 passes without an interception until the game against Kentucky – the second longest in school history. His last interception previously was against Vanderbilt in 2008…Went 24-for-35 for 248 yards and a touchdown, an 11-yard pass to Trey Burton in the first quarter against Kentucky…Completed 14 of 23 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown at Tennessee, a seven-yard pass to Frankie Hammond, Jr. that gave the Gators a 17-10 lead…Completed 18 of 31 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns versus USF…Completed 17 of 25 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener.

 

2009: Dressed for every game and saw action in seven…Finished the season 36-for-48 for 410 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions…Also tallied 67 rushing yards on 13 carries…Was 9-for-13 with 146 passing yards and three touchdowns against FIU…Tallied 23 yards on three carries on the ground against the Golden Panthers…Went 3-for-3 for 19 yards to finish off a 27-3 victory over Vanderbilt in Gainesville…Was 4-for-6 for 30 yards at Kentucky, including an eight-yard scoring toss to Riley Cooper…Had 10 completions on 12 attempts for 135 yards while also connecting with Mike Gillislee on a six-yard toss for a touchdown in the win against Troy…Went 8-for-12 for 67 yards and two touchdowns against Charleston Southern…Also set career marks in rushing against the Buccaneers with six attempts for 40 yards, including a 23-yard carry.

 

2008: Dressed for every game and saw action in all contests except for Miami, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Alabama…Went 18-for-28 for 235 yards with three touchdowns and one interception…Led the Florida offense on 22 drives, with 10 ending in a touchdown…Threw his first career touchdown on a 38-yard pass to David Nelson in the fourth quarter against Kentucky…Saw his most action of the season after leading the Gators through 2.5 quarters versus The Citadel completing 8-of-11 for 110 yards and one score…Recorded the second touchdown of his career on a pass to Deonte Thompson in the win over Georgia…Made the first appearance of his career versus Hawaii, where he attempted one pass and rushed for one yard.

 

2007: Redshirted during his true freshman year…Dressed for all 13 games during the season but did not see any action.

 

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Heralded as one of the top-three overall quarterback prospects in the nation by Rivals.com…Was chosen as a U.S. Army All-American and the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2006…Owned a 27-1 record as a starter and broke the state record for career touchdown passes with 99, topping the total of 98 shared by UF quarterback Tim Tebow and Florida State signal-caller Xavier Lee…Threw for 2,766 yards and 41 touchdowns in his final prep season…Established a Trinity Catholic career passing record with 6,802 yards…Was an all-state selection in Class 2B…A Scout.com five-star passer who was named the Most Valuable Player of the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp…As a junior, he threw for over 2,800 yards and had 41 touchdowns in leading Trinity Catholic to the Class 2B State title…During his sophomore season, Brantley threw for over 1,200 yards, 17 touchdowns and only one interception…Chose Florida over Texas.

 

BRANTLEY’S CAREER HIGHS

Passing Att.: 39 (Mississippi State, 2010)

Completions: 24 (2x, last vs. Mississippi State, 2010)

Longest Pass: 83 (Tennessee, 2011)

Passing Yards: 329 (Furman, 2011)

Passing TDs: 4 (Furman, 2011)

Interceptions: 3 (2x, last vs. FSU, 2011)

Rushing Attempts: 9 (Mississippi State, 2010)

Rushing Yards: 40 (Charleston Southern, 2009)

Rushing TDs: None

Longest Rush: 23 (Charleston Southern, 2009)

Receptions: 1 (2x, last vs. Appalachian State, 2010)

Receiving Yards: 5 (Appalachian State, 2010)

Receiving TDs: 1 (Appalachian State, 2010)

Longest Reception: 5 (Appalachian State, 2010)

 

CAREER STATISTICS

RUSHING

G

Att

Yds

TD

Lg

Avg/C

Avg/G

2008

9

9

8

0

9

0.9

0.9

2009

8

13

67

0

23

5.2

8.4

2010

13

52

-111

0

12

-2.1

-8.5

2011

11

25

-120

0

4

-4.8

-10.9

TOTAL

41

99

-156

0

23

-1.6

-3.8

 

PASSING

G

Att

Cmp

Int

Yds

TD

Lg

Pct

Avg/P

Avg/G

Effic

2008

9

28

18

1

235

3

38

64.3

8.4

26.1

163

2009

8

48

36

0

410

7

33

75

8.5

51.2

194.9

2010

13

329

200

10

2061

9

51

60.8

6.3

158.5

116.4

2011

11

240

144

7

2044

11

83

60

8.5

185.8

140.8

TOTAL

41

645

398

18

4750

30

83

61.7

7.4

115.9

133.3

 

TOTAL OFFENSE

G

Rush

Pass

Total

Avg/G

2008

9

8

235

243

27

2009

8

67

410

477

59.6

2010

13

-111

2061

1950

150

2011

11

-120

2044

1924

174.9

TOTAL

41

-156

4750

4594

112

 

RECEIVING

G

Rec

Yds

TD

Lg

Rec/G

Avg/C

Avg/G

2008

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2009

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2010

13

2

-5

1

5

0.2

-2.5

-0.4

2011

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

41

2

-5

1

5

0

-2.5

-0.1

 

SCORING

G

TD

Rush

Pass

Retn

PAT

2PAT

FG

Total

Avg/G

2008

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2009

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2010

13

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

6

0.5

2011

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

41

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

6

0.1

 

ALL PURPOSE

G

Rush

Rec

PR

KR

IR

Total

Avg/G

2008

9

8

0

0

0

0

8

0.9

2009

8

67

0

0

0

0

67

8.4

2010

13

-111

-5

0

0

0

-116

-8.9

2011

11

-120

0

0

0

0

-120

-10.9

TOTAL

41

-156

-5

0

0

0

-161

-3.9

 

 

CAREER GAME-BY-GAME STATS

2011

Rushing

Receiving

Passing

All

Date

Opponent

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

Cmp-Att-Int

Yds

TD

Lg

Purp

3-Sep-11

FAU

1

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

21-30-2

229

1

19

2

10-Sep-11

UAB

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

12-19-0

195

0

40

1

17-Sep-11

TENNESSEE

3

-22

0

2

0

0

0

0

14-23-0

213

2

83

-22

24-Sep-11

at Kentucky

1

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

8-14-0

115

1

45

2

1-Oct-11

ALABAMA

4

-19

0

4

0

0

0

0

11-16-1

190

1

65

-19

29-Oct-11

vs Georgia

6

-43

0

0

0

0

0

0

12-34-0

245

1

72

-43

5-Nov-11

VANDERBILT

2

-10

0

0

0

0

0

0

16-24-0

173

0

26

-10

12-Nov-11

at South Carolina

5

-28

0

3

0

0

0

0

13-21-0

119

0

20

-28

19-Nov-11

FURMAN

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

16-28-0

329

4

80

0

26-Nov-11

FLORIDA ST.

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9-15-3

104

0

24

0

2-Jan-12

vs Ohio St.

2

-3

0

0

0

0

0

0

12-16-1

132

1

32

-3

Totals

25

-120

0

4

0

0

0

0

144-240-7

2044

11

83

-120

2010

Rushing

Receiving

Passing

All

Date

Opponent

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

Cmp-Att-Int

Yds

TD

Lg

purp

4-Sep-10

MIAMI

3

-9

0

3

0

0

0

0

17-25-0

113

2

25

-9

11-Sep-10

USF

2

-16

0

0

0

0

0

0

18-31-0

172

2

23

-16

18-Sep-10

at Tennessee

4

9

0

12

0

0

0

0

14-23-0

167

1

24

9

25-Sep-10

KENTUCKY

4

1

0

3

0

0

0

0

24-35-1

248

1

30

1

2-Oct-10

at Alabama

8

-1

0

8

0

0

0

0

16-31-2

202

0

26

-1

9-Oct-10

LSU

5

-19

0

5

0

0

0

0

16-24-1

154

0

51

-19

16-Oct-10

MISSISSIPPI ST.

9

-17

0

7

0

0

0

0

24-39-1

210

0

23

-17

30-Oct-10

vs Georgia

4

-18

0

3

0

0

0

0

16-25-1

193

0

40

-18

6-Nov-10

at Vanderbilt

3

-21

0

0

0

0

0

0

11-18-0

157

2

40

-21

13-Nov-10

SOUTH CAROLINA

3

-10

0

3

1

-10

0

0

16-31-1

130

0

22

-20

20-Nov-10

APPALACHIAN ST.

3

0

0

5

1

5

1

5

16-22-1

222

0

44

5

27-Nov-10

at Florida St.

3

-6

0

0

0

0

0

0

6-12-1

52

1

20

-6

1-Jan-11

vs Penn St.

1

-4

0

0

0

0

0

0

6-13-1

41

0

16

-4

Totals

52

-111

0

12

2

-5

1

5

200-329-10

2061

9

51

-116

2009

Rushing

Receiving

Passing

All

Date

Opponent

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

Cmp-Att-Int

Yds

TD

Lg

purp

5-Sep-09

CH. SOUTHERN

6

40

0

23

0

0

0

0

8-12-0

67

2

13

40

12-Sep-09

TROY

2

1

0

6

0

0

0

0

10-12-0

135

1

33

1

26-Sep-09

at Kentucky

2

3

0

5

0

0

0

0

4-6-0

30

1

14

3

31-Oct-09

vs Georgia

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0-0-0

0

0

0

0

7-Nov-09

VANDERBILT

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3-3-0

19

0

7

0

21-Nov-09

FIU

3

23

0

13

0

0

0

0

9-13-0

146

3

31

23

28-Nov-09

FLORIDA ST.

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2-2-0

13

0

8

0

1-Jan-10

vs Cincinnati

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0-0-0

0

0

0

0

Totals

13

67

0

23

0

0

0

0

36-48-0

410

7

33

67

2008

Rushing

Receiving

Passing

All

Date

Opponent

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

Cmp-Att-Int

Yds

TD

Lg

purp

30-Aug-08

HAWAII

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0-1-0

0

0

0

1

4-Oct-08

at Arkansas

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2-3-0

19

0

12

0

11-Oct-08

LSU

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0-0-0

0

0

0

0

25-Oct-08

UK

2

14

0

9

0

0

0

0

2-3-0

52

1

38

14

1-Nov-08

vs UGA

1

6

0

6

0

0

0

0

3-4-0

34

1

14

6

8-Nov-08

at Vanderbilt

2

-11

0

0

0

0

0

0

3-4-1

20

0

8

-11

15-Nov-08

USC

1

-4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0-2-0

0

0

0

-4

22-Nov-08

THE CITADEL

1

-2

0

0

0

0

0

0

8-11-0

110

1

29

-2

29-Nov-08

at Florida St.

1

4

0

4

0

0

0

0

0-0-0

0

0

0

4

Totals

9

8

0

9

0

0

0

0

18-28-1

235

3

38

8

 

 

OFF THE FIELD STORIES

·         Dad (John Brantley III) started at quarterback for Florida in the late 1970s. His uncle, Scot (1976-79), was an All-American linebacker for the Gators

·         Wears the same jersey number (12) that his dad did at Florida

·         Put on his first Gator jersey at age three and it had all the trimmings: white pants, plastic helmet, and miniature football

·         Born in Columbia, S.C., one mile from Williams-Brice Stadium

·         Father is now the head football coach of John’s high school, Trinity Catholic, in Ocala, Fla.

·         Played with former University of South Carolina starter Dion LeCorn and current Gamecock Antonio Allen at Trinity Catholic in Ocala

·         A former Gatorade Player of the Year

·         Threw for 6,802 yards in high school and broke Tim Tebow’s state record for career touchdown passes with 99 (Tebow’s is 98)

·         Originally committed to Texas, but switched to Florida late in the recruiting process

·         Captain of team Trend Setters for the 2011 Gator Football Charity Challenge

·         Favorite athlete growing up was John Elway

·         Favorite hobby is fishing

·         Favorite food is steak

 

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

“His passes are pretty much on point. I mean he sits in the pocket and delivers throws. Nobody is perfect. Like I said, he makes throws where you can critique it but for the most part most of his passes have been pretty much where they need it to be.” (8/19/11)

Frankie Hammond, Jr., UF wide receiver

 

“I would say he’s very confident. He’s very confident in this offense, very confident in Coach Weis and what he teaches him. He’s getting better each and every day. He’s making his reads, making great throws. One thing I will say is that he’s more vocal. Last year, he wasn’t really into it. This year I would say he’s more into it, he’s more vocal, he’s happier now.” (8/19/11)

Quinton Dunbar, UF wide receiver

 

“He’s having a great camp. He’s throwing the ball very well. His confidence is just higher than it’s been the past couple of years; he’s taking leadership and taking control of the team.” (8/19/11)

Deonte Thompson, UF wide receiver

 

“He’s been there the longest, he knows the offense, he has more experience than everybody else. I’m not knocking the other quarterbacks, they’re good too, but I see Brantley as the starter of this first game coming up.” (8/18/11)

Gerald Christian, UF tight end

 

“All I can say is the SEC better watch out. Brantley is on fire right now. His whole demeanor has changed. He’s taking charge of the offense, he’s running the show now. You can really tell. In my eyes, he’s a Heisman candidate.” (8/16/11)

Jaye Howard, UF cornerback

 

"With this new offense, there's a lot more things built-in for (Brantley) that makes it a little more easy for him. The confidence is there. I can definitely see him getting a little more comfortable in the pocket." (8/12/11)

Frankie Hammond, Jr., UF wide receiver

 

"Going out there every day, I don't feel as nervous as I used to back in the spring. I feel confident going out there and making the right calls, making the right protections, and it's been going well." (8/12/11)

John Brantley, UF quarterback

 

"My confidence is a lot higher now since the new coaches arrived. When the new coaching staff got here, it was all new to me. Now that I have spring football under my belt and have had all summer to study the playbook, we're ready to go. I definitely learned last year that when things aren't going right, you need to forget about it and just move on. You have to keep your head up and keep pushing forward." (8/6/11)

John Brantley, UF quarterback

 

“I’m excited about John. I think John has all the ability and talent in the world, and I’m looking forward to his senior year. Everybody wants to bellyache about the spring game. Heck, you’ve got to play better around him.” (8/3/11)

Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

“I don’t think in the spring game John had much of a chance. I was standing behind him and it was a jailbreak. I was very pleased with his spring. High percentage of completions – close to 70 percent. Good decisions in critical times. (7/25/11)

Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

“I’ve been really pleased with his demeanor and the respect he’s got from his teammates on both sides of the ball. I’ve got tremendous confidence in Charlie Weis and he’s got confidence in John. That gives me an awful lot of confidence.” (7/20/11)

Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

“Johnny’s got his confidence back. He just has a smile on his face now, he’s relaxed. He comes in with a new sense of urgency – putting guys in the place they need to be, taking control of the huddle, being vocal. He’s being the quarterback that we need him to be.” (7/20/11)

Deonte Thompson, UF wide receiver

 

“The confidence level is there. He’s more comfortable in the system than he was last year.” (7/20/11)

William Green, UF defensive end

 

“I’m really excited about John. Had a great offseason. Had a really good spring practice. Charlie [Weis] has a lot of confidence in him. Our players have tremendous confidence in John. I think what we’re doing now scheme-wise fits him a little bit more from a skill-set standpoint. Really pleased with his progress.” (7/20/11)

Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

“I think they still have a quarterback that has ability – he has the ability, he has the talent, it’s just a matter right now of him grasping the offense and regaining his confidence. Confidence is huge in football – as it is in most sports – but definitely at the quarterback position. That’s what I see.” (4/11/11)

Desmond Howard, former Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl MVP and current ESPN Analyst

 

“He's picked up our offense. He does a great job at the line of scrimmage. We put a lot on the quarterback as far as running, pass-check protections, [in] the run game. I'm pleased with John.” (4/9/11)

Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach, on Brantley’s 2011 Spring

 

“His objective is to help Florida win…That tells you the character of him and his family because I am sure he is just taking shots across the bow. I think he is a very focused guy and I don’t see that at all with him. I talk to him quite often. I see a guy that wants to help Florida win.” (11/8/10)

Urban Meyer, former UF Head Coach

 

 “I guess that means I’m the leader of the ship. That’s the role I’ve taken on this offseason and all summer and coming into camp and everything, so that’s the way I still look at it – that I still need to lead this team even though I’m not taking all the snaps. And that’s fine with me. I’ve just got to be able to lead the troops, I guess you could say, and keep this thing rolling.” (11/8/10)

John Brantley, UF quarterback

 

“One guy that I thought did phenomenal was Johnny Brantley. Just his last name is forever appropriate to have his uncle be in the Florida/Georgia Hall of Fame. You can tell where that kid is from. He is a tough nut and he got hit, he got whacked a few times today, stood out and made some plays to help us win that game.” (10/30/10)

Urban Meyer, former UF Head Coach, on Brantley’s performance vs. Georgia

 

"Johnny's such a great kid and a great quarterback. He has one of the best releases and is one of the best passers I've been around. He has a natural ability to throw the ball and see the field. He can stand in the pocket and see the field." (10/12/10)

Dan Mullen, Mississippi State Head Coach and former UF Offensive Coordinator

 

“I think he’s played very well.  I think he’s played better in each game.  He’s a very capable guy.  He’s got a good arm and they have made very consistent improvement in the passing game.  I think he’s played very, very well for them in what his role has been.  I think he’ll continue to improve. He is very capable of making good plays.” (9/27/10)

Nick Saban, Alabama Head Coach

 

"He's done a great job, really worked hard. I just really like where he's headed now. I like his mind set. I think without a doubt, like anything else, there is no substitute for experience, and experience is gained. You can see the growth. We're really happy about that. That's what we're striving for with the whole offense.” (9/16/10)

Steve Addazio, former UF Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach and current Temple Head Coach

 

"My confidence has grown a lot. I'm starting to figure out how the game works, instead of staying on the sideline and watching. I'm just trying to learn each game and just keep getting better each game. It's completely different (being the starter). Your adrenaline is pumping and you're trying to make plays and help the team out. It's tough seeing all the different kinds of defenses. You have to be locked in every play. You can't take a play off. It's been a great learning experience. I've had a lot of fun with it so far.” (9/16/10)

John Brantley, UF quarterback

 

"Brantley is a special player. He has great poise in the pocket and really understands where to go with the football. He throws the ball extremely well and does a really nice job on the deep ball. I think he's an outstanding player who has a bright future ahead of him." (8/30/10)

Michael Haywood, former Miami University Head Coach

 

"I've been around Florida football since 1989. He's the most talented quarterback I've ever seen. People laugh at me when I say that, but they'll see." (8/16/10)

Shane Matthews, Former NFL and UF quarterback

 

“I think he’s a great leader. He’s also a vocal leader, he controls the huddle, and he just keeps the tempo running, things like that.” (8/11/10)

Xavier Nixon, UF offensive lineman

 

“John is a great athlete. He can run it, pass it, he can do all the above. John is a seasoned boy. I'm not worried about him stepping up. He's running the team; guiding it. His most important development has been leadership.” (8/10/10)

Steve Addazio, former UF Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach and current Temple Head Coach

 

“I get excited because the guy taking the snaps now is really good. He throws a beautiful ball and gets it out quick. John is a high-character guy. We don't waste energy on him with academics and character issues.” (8/10/10)

Urban Meyer, former UF Head Coach

 

“New quarterback John Brantley has fed optimism through the entire program. National college football fans expect the Gators to fade with the loss of Tim Tebow, but there isn’t a player in the Florida locker room who believes it.” (8/10/10)

Cody Jones, FightinGators.com

 

“I feel that his role as a leader, not just of the offense, but of the whole team, has been handled really well. He is a guy that will go out there, he will make the passes that need to be made, and he will actually get the defense up as good as he plays. When he speaks, he will be heard.” (8/10/10)

Brandon Hicks, former UF linebacker

 

"He's our quarterback. How can you not believe in your leader? How good do you expect yourself to be if you don't even believe in the man who's leading you? He was showing signs (of greatness) last year. Just his initiative and his drive, just the way he handles himself in practice (are impressive)." (8/8/10)

Carl Johnson, former UF offensive lineman

 

"It's just the way he carries himself. He's not a showboat or a cocky guy. He's real down to earth. He can walk around and people treat him like he's a normal person, which he is. He leads the team by example each and every day. That's something the team can follow." (8/5/10)

Jeff Demps, UF running back

 

"It was a lot of fun to run out there and be with the ones. Just knowing I'm the guy, I need to step in there and lead the team. Having those playmakers around me makes it easier on me. I have a different outlook on things knowing I'm going to be the guy stepping on the field in that first game. I'm really excited about our team right now and the direction we're heading." (8/5/10)

John Brantley, UF quarterback

 

“John Brantley, he’s had a great run at Florida. He’s ready to lead this team to a championship. I think we're going to have a great team this year and Johnny B is going to hold his own and everyone is going to be surprised how he plays. I think he's going to do a really good job. John Brantley grew up as a Gator. His whole life, that's all he wanted to do (is play quarterback for UF). He bleeds orange and blue. When he goes out on that field, he's going to give everything he has.” (8/5/10)

Mike Pouncey, former UF center

 

“He has a lot of talent; he has a lot of gifts. He really was blessed with the ability to throw the football a lot of us don't have.” (8/4/10)

Gary Danielson, CBS Sports

 

“He’s just a phenomenal athlete, and it’s going to be exciting to see him play.” (7/22/10)

Ahmad Black, former UF All-American safety

 

“Brantley is a real talented quarterback; he’s working hard and becoming a real leader; he’s doing real well in the weight room right now and all his training, and is looking to have a great year.” (7/21/10)

Justin Trattou, former UF defensive end

 

“Brantley brings a new dimension to the Florida offense with his ability to throw the ball all over the field. He may be unproven at the SEC level, but not for long.” (7/8/10)

Chris Low, ESPN.com

 

“This has always been Johnny's destiny. One of the country's most sought-after prep quarterbacks, Brantley possesses an NFL arm and a calm demeanor in the pocket. And he's a winner. From his multiple championships in youth leagues to his 27-1 record in high school, Brantley is more than just a combine phenom. In mop-up duty, Brantley has shown flashes of brilliance.” (7/6/10)

Byron Saucer, Gainesville Sun

 

“Brantley has all the tools a great quarterback will ever need. He's got great composure, great football sense, a great arm and knows how to read defenses really well. He can pick defenses apart. He is a pocket passer, and a great one at that. He is the perfect guy for the job. He throws a perfect ball and has a very quick release. I'm anxious to see my boy ball out next year.” (7/6/10)

Riley Cooler, former UF receiver and current Philadelphia Eagles’ wide receiver

 

“Johnny knows his strengths — getting the ball in his playmakers' hands, making good decisions — he's a true drop-back, pocket passer.” (7/6/10)

Kerwin Bell, former UF quarterback and current Jacksonville University Head Coach

 

“The past few years I've seen Tim and how he did it, and it's definitely worn off on me. I just keep getting better at it every day from a leadership aspect.” (7/6/10)

John Brantley, UF quarterback

 

“He has a lot more talent. He's got all the attributes to be a top-line quarterback. He's got size. He's got decent speed. And he's got the support of his teammates, and that's probably the biggest thing he's got going for him. His teammates want him to succeed. And these are some of the best athletes in the world. His locker room has got his back, so he's not going into this thing alone. They expect to go undefeated. They expect to be in Atlanta. The goals for this team are the same as last year's team. And losing's just not part of the plan.” (7/6/10)

John Brantley III, former UF quarterback and John Brantley’s father

 

“As summer slowly nudges us closer to football season, there's not a college athlete under a brighter spotlight than John Brantley IV. Brantley was considered a can't-miss prospect at the next level. And there wasn't a big-time college program in the land that didn't have him on its wish list.” (7/4/10)

Byron Saucer, Ocala Star-Banner

 

My heart has always been at Florida because I've been a Gator fan my entire life.” (7/4/10)

John Brantley, UF quarterback

 

You could just tell he was different, especially his presence in the pocket," Bell said. "He has a beautiful arm and can make all the throws. He had so much talent. You knew he was special." (7/4/10)

John Brantley III, former UF quarterback and John Brantley’s father

 

“I'm just excited to get back out there and start playing again. I'm not used to running out and having the first play in front of 90,000 people yet. I'm just going to take it all in.” (7/6/10)

John Brantley, UF quarterback

 

"He's a guy that's really paid his dues and had great work ethic here. He walks in, they have tremendous confidence in him. Let's not forget last year there was tremendous confidence in Johnny Brantley as well. He's one of the top quarterbacks in our conference. We have great expectations for John. He's gonna have a great year ahead of him, he's a talented guy, he's really prepared and trained for this opportunity so we look for great things.'' (4/30/10)

Steve Addazio, former UF Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach and current Temple Head Coach

 

“I think he’ll be one of the best throwers. What he’s shown so far in practice and in spring ball, and from what I hear he’s doing this summer, he’s going to be a really, really good player for us.” (6/29/10)

Urban Meyer, former UF Head Coach

 

“Last season, even though he was not a starter for the Gators, many considered Brantley to be one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC.” (6/30/10)

Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun

 

“Brantley’s arm is a wonder to behold. NFL scouts will drool over Brantley.” (4/10/10)

Andy Staples, SI.com

 

“While he’s yet to prove himself on an SEC stage, he’s shown off his strong right arm the past two springs and can really throw the football.” (6/29/10)

Chris Low, ESPN.com

 

“The first thing you look at is (Brantley's) mental ability. He's a sharp kid, and he loves to compete. That's where he has an edge. Johnny Brantley can do things in his own way that can help Florida win and be successful.” (6/27/10)

Dan Mullen, Mississippi State Head Coach and former UF Offensive Coordinator

 

“If he says ‘Hey, keep your mouths shut (in the huddle),' the mouths are shut.” (4/19/10)

Steve Addazio, former UF Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach and current Temple Head Coach

 

"We call him The Future and The Next Tom Brady. He's going to be really good." (1/6/10)

Carl Johnson, former UF offensive guard

 

"I'm not really trying to match it. I just want to come out and not miss a beat when my number is called and hopefully win championships as a starter if I get that opportunity. I don't have to go in there thinking I have to do everything and make every play." (1/6/10)

John Brantley, UF quarterback

 

"He's had the best thing that could ever happen to college quarterback - to watch a great one in front of them. That's the trend I'm used to, develop, develop, develop, and then go in and dominate. That's the plan for Johnny Brantley. His future's up." (1/6/10)

Scott Loeffler, former UF Quarterback Coach

 

"We've seen what he can do. We know he's a tremendous quarterback. We know he's a tremendous player. We see him every day in practice. We see the throws he makes, we see the effort he gives us in practice and we see the kind of quarterback he brings to the table. … We're very confident in him." (10/1/09)

David Nelson, former UF wide receiver and current Buffalo Bills wide receiver

 

“He’s a guy who has developed into being a heck of a quarterback. Obviously, he has to go into the season and be prepared to be a starter. That’s what he has to do and be ready at any time to be in the game and lead the team and earn the trust of other people. He’s prepared himself really well to do that. At this point, you want to say, “He’ll do this, this, this and this,’ but that’s hard to say right now.” (7/27/09)

Steve Addazio, former UF Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach and current Temple Head Coach

 

“He comes from great stock. he’s had the best thing that could ever happen to a college quarterback is to watch a great one in front of them. That’s the trend I’m used to, develop develop develop and then go in and dominate. That’s the plan for Johnny Brantley…His future’s up.”

Scott Loeffler, former UF Quarterback Coach

“Brantley is as natural a passer as I have had and we’ve had some good ones. Chris (Leak) was a very natural passer, but this guy might be an even more natural thrower. He’s tremendous.” (8/10/07)

Urban Meyer, former UF Head Coach

 

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