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What's the difference between Tim Tebow and John Brantley? Not much, says Gators coach

GAINESVILLE -- So, John Brantley's mustache didn't last long. For that, I am truly disappointed.

Quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler said he was going to make sure Brantley shaved his mustache. Brantley said not a chance. The coach won the battle of wills, apparently. Or maybe Brantley was just sick of being jeered by his friends. Whatever the reason, it's gone.

Why am I writing about a man's mustache? I don't know. To more important matters...

Florida coach Urban Meyer said on Monday that Brantley is showing the same type of leadership skills that helped make former All-American Tim Tebow successful. At one point, Meyer said he was worried about Brantley's ability to lead. But not anymore. Over the past few months -- and especially in the last two weeks -- Brantley has taken ownership of Florida's offense.

On Monday, I asked Meyer why he wasn't worried about Brantley. Here's what he said ...

"Someone asked me today, 'What's the difference between John Brantley and Tim Tebow?' Believe it or not there's not that much different. The outward appearance there's a big difference. Inward, the competitiveness and his leadership is fantastic right now. Much better than I thought. I was really worried about that but when you have a guy like [Tebow] in front of you -- he didn't [need to] show much of that.

"Like today, we had a two-minute drill and he did fantastic. He ran the whole show and acted like the veteran quarterback he is. So, I'm really encouraged by John. Everyone knows he can throw the ball, but his other part is fantastic, as far as management of the team and leadership."

-jo-

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