Sunday, October 2, 2011

Brantley's status still unclear the day after

The status of Florida quarterback John Brantley remained unclear Sunday.

The senior was knocked out of the game on the last offensive play of the first half, when he dropped back and was taken down for a sack by Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw.

He limped off the field and into the locker room with the help of two trainers and spent the rest of the game in the trainer’s room though he was not taken to the hospital. His lower right leg was injured, but Gators head coach Will Muschamp would not say anything else.

Muschamp did reveal anything further on Sunday, but has said the Gators need to prepare to move forward without him. Florida is at AP number one ranked LSU for a 3:30 game on Saturday and if Brantley can’t go true freshman Jeff Driskel will get the start.

Driskel played the second half against Alabama, but was ineffective as was the rest of the Gators offense after Brantley went down. Florida’s backup quarterbacks have never started a game. Among the most prominent, Driskel and Jacob Brissett are true freshman and Tyler Murphy is a redshirt freshman.

“It's unfortunate for John. We'll see how it goes here as far as our medical staff is concerned and then working into this week,” Muschamp said.

Florida dropped t no. 17 in this week’s AP poll and no. 18 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Gators were number 12 last week in both polls.


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