John Brantley Injury
October 2, 2011 by USA Post
John Brantley Injury, Florida is the enigma of the Southeastern Conference no more. The nation learned all you need to know about the Gators on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. This was the sum of that knowledge: I really have not changed much since last season.
Periodic cross-divisional rival Alabama made it three in a row against Florida, defeating the No.? 12 Gators 38-10 in a game that answered many questions about a Florida team in their first year after Urban Meyer, but produces even more. More importantly, how Florida (4-1) respond to apparently serious injury suffered by starting quarterback in the second quarter?
John Brantley appeared to injure his right knee with 35 seconds left in the first half after a sack of Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw. His underdog 24-10, Brantley headed to the locker room under the care of two trainers and never returned.
True freshman Jeff Brantley Driskel replaced in the second half, and would probably be the starting quarterback for next week when UF plays LSU if Brantley does not return. Driskel completed 2 of 6 attempts in the second half for 14 yards. The Oviedo native also ran for 18 yards.
“John is lost and took a little wind in the sails in the second half,” UF coach Muschamp said.
“You have to go anywhere else.”
After moving his team to the red zone, Brantley was captured in the plays back-to-back in the closing seconds of the second period. Muschamp said he noticed nothing unusual about the poor pass protection of the UF.
“I just block better,” Muschamp said.
Muschamp refused to discuss Brantley injury after the game, saying only that the quarterback will be evaluated on Sunday.
“Let’s make the best decisions for the football team and that goes to them [Sunday],” said Muschamp.
If Brantley is to miss an extended period of time – or worst, the rest of the season – the UF offense will be placed in the hands of a true freshman dual-threat quarterback who was the country’s best quarterback recruits last season.
Driskel 31-yard fight in the third quarter was the only highlight. It was only the tip for positive yards UF game. UF was carried out at least-17 yards on 13 carries in the first half.
UF finished with 15 yards rushing on 29 carries one week after gaining over 400 yards rushing against Kentucky. Chris Rainey, before once again elusive top of the UF running, carried the ball eight times less-2 yards. Jeff Demps, the Gators’ running back / track star, carried the ball three times for just 4 meters.
No.? Alabama 3 (5-0) effectively iced the game when Brantley sent to the locker room, but UF’s defense showed heart in the third quarter. Alabama was scoreless in the period and not to take a 31-10 advantage into the corridor of Trent Richardson came off a 36-yard run with 12:25 left in the room.
Backup Richardson, Eddie Lacy, sent the fans to the parking UF early, when he ran 20 yards for a touchdown with 8:45 remaining. Richardson finished with two touchdowns and ran for a big game from 181 yards on 29 carries.
“At the beginning of the game, I would say were a little too excited to get rolling,” said UF defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd.
A crowd of 90,888 was announced – the second largest in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium ever – was the hope of another classic game between teams from the SEC football insignia. Florida and Alabama have combined to win 10 of the last 19 SEC championships. The Crimson Tide might add to that statistic this season, but Florida is far from returning to its former glory in Meyer, the coach for two national championships in three years, but it closes unexpectedly last season.
It was clear from the opening drive of the game that Alabama wanted to take away Florida’s running game. The Crimson Tide stacked the box, a challenge Brantley throw downfield. For a time, Brantley was what he did. Was 5 of 7 for 115 yards in the first quarter.
UF offensive coordinator Charlie Weis said this week that he would “throw the kitchen sink” in defense of Alabama. He was not bluffing.
Brantley threw a bomb in the first offensive play of the UF game, connecting with Andre Debose for a surprise of 65 yards.
UF took a 10-7 lead with 5:19 left in the first quarter with a field goal from 21 yards by Caleb Sturgis. Brantley driven the ball well in 10-play drive and converting twice on third with two stunning shots. UF receiver Deonte Thompson dropped a potential touchdown pass on third and goal from the 4 of Alabama.
Alabama went ahead 17-10 before long, when Upshaw, linebacker same Brantley was later called off the game, intercepted a poor pass from quarterback at UF and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown.
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