Florida backup QB John Brantley preparing as he always does
Florida backup quarterback John Brantley practiced on Monday afternoon with a small group of non-veterans as he tried to prepare himself for the possibility of taking over for the injured Tim Tebow.
If Tebow is unable to play on Oct. 10 at LSU due to a concussion, the Gators will turn to Brantley.
Brantley said he’s trying to mentally prepare for the fact that his first start could come on the road in one of the toughest places to play in college football.
“I’ve considered it, but of course you don’t know what’s going to happen yet,’’ he said. “But I’ve considered it a little bit I guess. I’m just going to prepare like I do every week. I’ll prepare like I am going to play no matter what. with Tim there or not.’’
Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio said if the Gators need Brantley, he's more than capable of stepping in. But he's not ready to count Tebow out.
“I’m not a medical guy, but he’s the toughest guy in college football without question, without a doubt in my mind,'' Addazio said. "I’ve been around this game a long time, in a lot of places, and I’ve never seen a guy like him. For who he is as a person, his mental and physical toughness is just superior. Certainly you always have your best shot with a guy like Tim Tebow. He is just tough as nails mentally and physically, so we’re lucky we’ve got him on our side.’’