Make us your home page

Sunshine State Report

The latest on college sports in Florida

Gators focused on finding Brantley's backup



John Brantley may be the Florida quarterback the nation is watching, but Florida coaches will be spending a great deal of practice time this fall with freshman QB’s Trey Burton and Tyler Murphy.

Although Brantley will be a first-time starter for the Gators, he’s been in the system three years. The two players vying for the backup job?

Not so much.

Burton enrolled in UF in January, and now has 18 practices under his belt Murphy arrived in June and has practiced three times. So the process to get one or both ready has been accelerated.

“We’re trying to establish a great backup quarterback right now,’’ Florida QB coach Scot Loeffler said. “It’s an every day process. We have to be prepared obviously if Johnny blows the lace in his shoe, that we can have a guy that can go in there and compete for the SEC championship and get us back to Atlanta.’’

Burton obviously has an advantage over Murphy because he joined the team early, but Loeffler said that doesn't mean Murphy is forever behind. 

"Obviously whenever you come in early you gain an entire spring,'' Loeffler said. "Is there a learning curve difference? Absolutely because (Trey) was here longer. But Tyler’s a smart kid, he’ll catch up. He’ll be just fine.''

Loeffler said Murphy needs to work on "everything", he likes what he's seen so far.

"I like him as a person'' he said.  "He’s got great intangibles – he’s smart, he has the ability to learn, he’s tough, he loves football. He’s got all those intangibles, he’s got good leadership skills. When you have those intangibles you can work with that.''


[Last modified: Monday, August 9, 2010 6:40pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours