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Weis' project: To 'fix' Brantley

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08:34 AM ET 02.14 | John Brantley is the incumbent in Florida, but he's no lock as the starter. Florida ran the spread option offense last season, and Brantley was ill-suited for that attack because he scared no one as a runner. The Gators are moving to a pro-style attack under new coordinator Charlie Weis, and on the face of it, that offense fits Brantley, who set some state records at Ocala (Fla.) Trinity Catholic running a pass-happy attack. But Brantley became gun-shy in the pocket last season, locking onto certain receivers and throwing way too many dump-off passes. Can Weis "fix" him? Jeff Driskel was the nation's top high school quarterback last fall, and he enrolled early and will go through spring practice. He's more mobile than Brantley and has a nice arm. But does Florida really want to use a true freshman starter at quarterback?

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February 14, 2011  08:54 AM ET

Looks like he's doing some kind of yoga pose in the picture. Maybe Weis can fix that.

February 14, 2011  08:56 AM ET

You guys missed CW, now you have the fat jokes to keep ya going during this off season. Good for you!

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February 14, 2011  09:10 AM ET
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Hey he does QB's look what he did for Quinn. How soon we forget.

Weis will have him looking just like Claussen in a couple of seeks: fiddling with his mouthpiece and pointing at stuff across the line of scrimmage.

February 14, 2011  09:10 AM ET
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Buckeyes #1 for now baby!!And no they dont want a True Frsh to start unless they dont want to win the east.. I expect JB4 to be better this year due to WM and the FATMAN playing to his strength... But those WR need to step up as well...

In summary, Deonte Thomspon needs to catch the ball, Hines needs to actually run his routes, and the rest of the WRs need to show up on gameday!

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February 14, 2011  09:11 AM ET
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Weis will have him looking just like Claussen in a couple of seeks: fiddling with his mouthpiece and pointing at stuff across the line of scrimmage.

It's better than involuntarily crouching into the fetal position at the snap of the ball.

February 14, 2011  09:12 AM ET
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Schematic advantage to the Gators!Hey, isn't the elevation of Gainesville already pretty low? With the Weis compression factor the stadium, and maybe the whole town, may well be several feet below sea level.

These jokes are not as fun being on "this" side of them. :/

February 14, 2011  09:12 AM ET
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It's better than involuntarily crouching into the fetal position at the snap of the ball.

OUCH!

February 14, 2011  09:13 AM ET
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Piratey is just upset CWide didnt return ND to greatness

Huh? I thought ND did return to greatness. I read it on the internet somewhere, I'm sure.

February 14, 2011  09:14 AM ET
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Buckeyes #1 for now baby!!And no they dont want a True Frsh to start unless they dont want to win the east.. I expect JB4 to be better this year due to WM and the FATMAN playing to his strength... But those WR need to step up as well...

Hell LUS, WB, BB9 and Papa don't need any help promoting the buck nuts!

February 14, 2011  09:15 AM ET
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OUCH!

OUCH came 3-4 seconds later when the Dlineman finally reached him to get credit for the sack. Okay, to be fair, it was probably more like 1-2 seconds as we often left opposing players unblocked.

February 14, 2011  09:16 AM ET
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These jokes are not as fun being on "this" side of them. :/

Who would have ever thought CW would be with the Gators?

February 14, 2011  09:20 AM ET

Does Florida have an effective power back that can get first downs in short yardage situations this year? That is what they lost when Tebow left. These speedy guys are great when the blocking is there and they can get to the 2nd level relatively untouched but they aren't the kind of guys that the Gators can use to pound the ball.

If Florida winds up having to throw the ball a lot on 3rd down the fixing that Brantley requires will be outside of Weis's specialty.

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February 14, 2011  09:24 AM ET
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Who would have ever thought CW would be with the Gators?

Not me!

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