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How did Urban Meyer convince John Brantley to stick around?

GAINESVILLE -- Just read The Herald's story about two back-up quarterbacks down in Coral Gables planning to transfer. Ouch! Jacory Harris better stay healthy this season or it could be another long year for the 'Canes.

This got me thinking...How in the world did UF coach Urban Meyer keep back-up quarterback John Brantley around for so long with no chance of starting? Brantley, now a redshirt sophomore, has sat behind Tebow going on three seasons.

Compared to the two back-ups at Miami who are transferring -- Taylor Cook and Cannon Smith -- Brantley is an All-American. Yet, Brantley has stayed put. How much potential is locked in Brantley's arm? Many believe he is the third-best quarterback in the SEC right now.

I understand the situation at UF and UM is different. UM starter Jacory Harris is a sophomore and UF starter Tim Tebow is a senior. Also, Brantley was injured his freshman season and missed spring football during his redshirt freshman year do to another injury. Still, all things considered, it's remarkable that Brantley has remained in Gainesville.





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