Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio provided assurance to Gator fans that quarterback John Brantley was “doing great” despite a rib injury that he suffered against Alabama.
Brantley wasn’t quite the same after he got injured in a 31-6 loss.
The junior quarterback returned for the next series and completed 16 of 31 passes for 202 yards. However, Brantley threw two interceptions.
Rib injuries can be somewhat tricky, but for now, Brantley is expected to be the starter against LSU this weekend in a nationally televised game on ESPN, starting at 7:30 pm
Backup quarterback Trey Burton is currently content about the way he is being used and supports Brantley as the starter.
“Real confident,” Burton said. “I practice every practice and I’m fine with it. But Brantley’s good. He’ll be able to play.”
Brantley himself has a strong resolve to start this Saturday and says the rib injury will not affect this weekend against LSU.
“I’m a little sore like any other game would be, but nothing major,” he said. “Nothing that’s going to stop me from anything.
In college football, anything can happen.
LSU’s Les Miles started struggling quarterback against Tennessee and pulled him after third series of the game and put in back-up quarterback Jarrett Lee for the remainder of the game.
Even if Brantley may be more hurt than he and the coaching staff is currently saying, it would serve no purpose of publicly saying freshman Trey Burton will see significantly more action prior to gametime on Saturday.
John Brantley is the man-for now.
If changes happen at game time, then so be it. Urban Meyer and his coaching staff will prepare whoever is at quarterback and will have the best plan possible — moving forward.