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Florida Gators quarterback John Brantley will talk with family, new coach before deciding on future

GAINESVILLE — With a new offensive staff still to be named, Florida QB John Brantley said he's keeping his options open about his future with the Gators.

Brantley said he will sit down with his family following the Outback Bowl. "We'll definitely have some conversations and we'll figure things out," he said.

Brantley said new coach Will Muschamp told him the two will meet when he returns from recruiting. Brantley welcomed the news that Muschamp plans to run a more pro-style offense.

"I think he is going to do a great job coming in here and molding the offense to what our players do best," he said. "I'm not the running type, and it's definitely better for me (to be) more of a pocket passer."

Several of Brantley's teammates said they expect him to return for his senior season.

"I think he'll stay," junior RB Jeff Demps said. "(Muschamp) is talking about a pro-style offense. It's a new beginning for Brantley, for everybody."

FAMILY TIES: As she stood among well-wishers and family Tuesday night, Carol Muschamp acknowledged that the time between Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley's arrival at her Austin, Texas, home Saturday and her standing inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium as the new coach's wife has been "surreal."

"It's been a whirlwind," she said. "It's been so neat for me to watch him sit back and fulfill his lifetime dream. I thought he did a great job. I almost wanted to say, 'Take a breath.' He was talking so much, and so fast."

Children Jackson and Whit made their first trip to Gainesville, where their father lived for 10 years before moving to Georgia after middle school. "They are excited to be here," she said. "Now we've got to make a stop at the (campus) bookstore. We've got to get the jerseys and the gear."

SO FAR, SO GOOD: Muschamp met with his new players before his news conference and made a strong first impression.

"I like Coach Muschamp a lot," CB Jeremy Brown said. "It's my second impression of him because I was recruited by him when he was at Auburn. This is just meeting him again and building a closer relationship. I'm excited. He's a defensive guy and I'm looking forward to playing for him."

"Everybody embraced him," WR Frankie Hammond Jr. said. "I found out that he has a tremendous history at Florida being from here. There is definitely a more comfortable feeling knowing he knows the expectations and traditions and everything that goes on within the university."

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