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Tim Tebow going under center? Joe Haden lining up at quarterback in the wildcat formation? No. 1 quarterback John Brantley getting a package of plays to run during the natural course of a game?

These were all things that were talked about by Urban Meyer and the coaching staff in the preseason, but none have come to pass. Since we’re now three games into the season, it’s pretty safe to assume we won’t be seeing these things in the coming weeks, the one exception possibly being Brantley.

Meyer was talking up Brantley at his Monday press conference, so maybe he’s thinking about giving Brantley some playing time in the first half Saturday against Kentucky. This seemed to be the plan in the preseason, especially at media day when Meyer said Brantley had earned the opportunity to play. Many figured Brantley would get a package of plays for each game like Tebow got when he was a true freshman backing up senior Chris Leak.

Maybe this will happen Saturday. If not, maybe later in the season.

But the Tebow going under center and Haden playing quarterback now seem destined not to happen now.

Even on the goal line, Tebow has been lining up in the shotgun and often running the ball, just like he did the past two seasons. So, there has been no Tebow under center, and no Emmanuel Moody lining up at tailback in the I-formation with a fullback in front of him.

As for Haden playing quarterback in the wildcat formation, he said Tuesday that he hasn’t been seeing any practice time on offense lately.

So, it looks like two of those intriguing preseason ideas have fallen to the wayside.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Call me crazy but, I believe Meyer is more into W’s than scoreboard. Make no mistake though, he has a cold heart too, and I love that about him. If we can hang 50 on somebody, he’ll do it. But, he gets a bad rap with the “runnin it up” nonsense. Timmy and the gang come out of games plenty early. That said, when the game gets a little tight, Urbie self admittedly rides the Timmy-train.
    JB has played plenty thus far and last week, Timmy doesn’t fumble we probably see him some more.
    The Haden thing, who knows? LOL

  2. Yes, Myer is a great coach, and the Gators will continue to have great success under his direction. But, with Mullin gone, they have reverted to the tight, conservative play we saw before the loss to Ole Miss last year. Myer will watch the clock and manage field position, and win the game, but consider this: the ol’ Ball Coach would have them racing downfield for the sheer joy of playing the game. Remember how much fun that was? Dean Smith was a great baskerball coach at Carolina, but no other coach had as many great players on the bench, their talent wasted. This year’s Florida team has a dozen skill players who would be shining elsewhere, like Boateng has at Cal. Moody is being wasted, like Ingram was his junior year. Coaches like Kiffin will make sure bluechip recruits notice.

  3. I was wondering the same thing. Maybe they haven’t had a need to throw it in yet, but doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t. The wildcat may be played at a ‘gimmicky’ moment, but Tebow under center and Moody in an I-formation I think are real possibilities. Especially since you can do both in one swoop.

  4. I DON’T THINK THEY HAVE USED ANY OF THESE FORMATIONS BECAUSE THEY HAVEN’T HAD TO USE THEM. I THINK MEYER IS WAITING FOR THE RIGHT MOMENT, AND THAT MOMENT WILL PROBABLY COME DURING THE LSU GAME! MY PREDICTION FOR THE LSU GAME: TEBOW WILL THROW A JUMP PASS, HADEN WILL SCORE A TOUCHDOWN, AND MOODY WILL POUND ONE IN FROM THE 2. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GATORS! FLORIDA 31, LSU 28

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