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Gators QB John Brantley content with waiting his time



After spending the past two years patiently biding his time behind Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, it would be tough to blame backup quarterback John Brantley if he has begun to question his decision to come play with the Gators.

Quite the contrary Brantley said. In retrospect, the Ocala native said it has turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

"I think I've grown more mature as a person and a quarterback,'' Brantley said.. "I've learned so much more about this offense now than a year ago.''

Brantley redshirted his freshman year, then played in 10 games last season, going 18-for-28 and 235 yards. Florida coach Urban Meyer said he will get more playing time this season in something other than mop-up duty.

"At this point in time, he will play meaningful minutes in games,'' Meyer said. "He is starting to earn that right. Unless he starts to hit reverse on the practice field, in which case we would back off. Johnny has to be ready to go and he’s starting to really impress people.”

Brantley, who orally committed to Texas, then later decided he wanted to attend Florida, said if given the chance again, he'd still choose the Gators, despite his status as the man behind Tebow.

"Everyone dreams of playing right away when they first get there,'' Brantley said. "What I've realized through my time sitting out, I've realized that it might not have been good for me. I think this situation has been better for me, learning, growing up as a person and as a quarterback. I don't regret not going anywhere else. I'm very happy here.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:11pm]


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