Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Injured Florida Gators quarterback John Brantley out at least one game

Jeff Driskel is sacked in the fourth quarter Saturday against Alabama. The freshman replaced John Brantley.


Jeff Driskel is sacked in the fourth quarter Saturday against Alabama. The freshman replaced John Brantley.

GAINESVILLE — As Florida QB John Brantley was helped off the field Saturday night, unable to put weight on his right foot, the feeling was the injury might be more serious than a couple of days could improve.

Monday, coach Will Muschamp said Brantley's "lower leg" injury will keep him out of this week's game at No. 1 LSU and potentially longer.

Muschamp refused to give details, but multiple sources have reported it is a high ankle sprain. Brantley was seen on campus with a boot on his right leg and using crutches. Muschamp said Brantley's injury will not require surgery. Brantley was hurt on a sack with 35 seconds remaining in the second quarter of Florida's 38-10 loss to Alabama.

"John's disappointed," Muschamp said. "He was playing very well. He really threw the ball extremely well against a really good football team. He's disappointed. I'm hurting for him, but it's time to pick up the other guy, and that's what our football team will do."

The other guy is freshman Jeff Driskel, a former Oviedo Hagerty High standout who was rated the No. 1 quarterback in the nation by and recruiting services.

Driskel, who has played in four games, will start, but that doesn't mean the Gators won't look at all their options.

"Jeff Driskel, Jacoby Brissett and Tyler Murphy will all receive reps (this week in practice)," Muschamp said. "We've been pleased with Jeff and his progress and where he is right now at the quarterback position. But all those guys will rep, and who practices the best will be the guys that'll play and give us the best opportunity to have success."

Essentially the Gators will take a freshman who enrolled in January (Driskel), a sophomore who has never seen action in a game (Murphy) and a freshman who arrived in July (Brissett), and ask one or all of them to lead the way against a team with the nation's third-best rushing defense and the No. 9 scoring and total defense.

Muschamp said the key is not putting all the pressure on the quarterback. The rest of the team must help, he said.

Muschamp confirmed that Driskel might have sprained an ankle in Saturday's game but said, "He's fine."

SAUNDERS TO RETURN: Muschamp said S De'Ante "Pop" Saunders will return this week from his one-game suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules. Muschamp said the suspension was not related to Saunders' arrest in May for misdemeanor possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. In August, Saunders agreed to deferred prosecution.

YOUNG ON WOODEN: Sophomore C/F Patric Young has been named to basketball's Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Monday.

National college basketball media members votes in the preseason for 50 players who, based on last year's individual performance and team record, are the early front-runners for the award. The award has been presented annually since 1977 to the nation's outstanding player.

Performance in the regular season, conference tournaments and postseason is taken into account by voters, as is the player's character. Young, who averaged 17.8 minutes per game, earned SEC All-Freshman honors last season. He averaged 3.4 points and 3.8 rebounds coming off the bench.

Antonya English can be reached at

Injured Florida Gators quarterback John Brantley out at least one game 10/03/11 [Last modified: Monday, October 3, 2011 8:04pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays up next: at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Today: Off

    Up next: at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, PNC Park, Pittsburgh

  2. Rays blow another lead, lose rubber match to Orioles (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Orioles rallied past the Rays on Sunday, winning the rubber match of the three-game series 8-5.

    Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop (6) scores in the eighth in the final game of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays and AL East rival the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
  3. Lightning reach out to UFA Kevin Shattenkirk


    Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said he planned to explore free agency for potential needs, which include bolstering his blueline and adding another wing or two.

  4. Lightning announce development camp schedule


    Defenseman Mikhail Sergachev headlines a roster of top Lightning prospects that will attend this week's development camp at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon.

  5. Snell to rejoin rotation Wednesday