Brantley to miss LSU game

Sources: UF QB has high ankle sprain


Published: Monday, October 3, 2011 at 12:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 3, 2011 at 12:24 p.m.

Injured Florida starting quarterback John Brantley will miss Saturday's game at No. 1 LSU and could be sidelined for several other games after sustaining a high ankle sprain in the Gators' loss to Alabama on Saturday night.

Although UF coach Will Muschamp would not reveal the nature of Brantley's injury, the severity of it or a possible timetable for his return at his weekly news conference Monday, sources close to the situation told The Sun that Brantley has a high ankle sprain.




A high ankle sprain is regarded as the most severe type of ankle sprain and usually requires a recovery time of several weeks. A source said UF is hopeful Brantley could return in time for the Oct. 29 Georgia game in Jacksonville.

Muschamp was guarded in his comments about Brantley's injury Monday but did say it won't require surgery.

"John will be out this week," Muschamp said. "I will update you each Monday on his status at this point. He has a lower leg injury."

When asked what the injury was and how severe it was, Muschamp said, "He'll be out this week, and I'll update you next Monday."

Brantley was seen on campus Monday wearing a protective boot on his right foot and walking with the assistance of crutches.

True freshman quarterback Jeff Driskel is scheduled to start Saturday's game, but Muschamp said the other two scholarship quarterbacks — redshirt freshman Tyler Murphy and true freshman Jacoby Brissett — will be competing for playing time this week in practice.

"All those guys are repping," Muschamp said. "The guys who practice the best will be the guys who play and give us the best opportunity (to win). Right now, yeah, (Driskel) would be our starter.

"Jeff is a very mature young man, a guy who went through spring with us. He's an outstanding athlete and outstanding quarterback. He can run, he's a guy who can give you some variety as far as escaping the pocket and evading the rush.

"We have to play well around him."

Muschamp did not rule out the possibility of playing more than one quarterback against the Tigers.

"We're going to do what's best for our football team," he said.

Driskel has seen limited playing time in four of UF's five games this season. He has completed seven of 16 passes for 73 yards and two interceptions.

He played the entire second half against Alabama on Saturday night and struggled against the nation's top-ranked defense. Driskel completed only two of six passes for 14 yards and had a 31-yard run on a scramble play. The Gators were shut out in the second half.

"I think more than anything, you do what he can do and what he can do well," Muschamp said. "That's what (offensive coordinator) Charlie (Weis) will do. We all talked about that this morning, how we'll approach the game.

"It's no different than what we did with John. You do the things he feels comfortable with regardless of the experience level. We're going to do the things he does well and feels comfortable with."

Brantley was playing possibly the best game of his UF career Saturday night before he was injured on a sack in the final minute of the first half. He had completed 11 of 16 passes for 190 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Andre Debose on the first offensive play of the game.

"John is disappointed," Muschamp said. "He's played very well. He threw the ball extremely well against a good football team (Saturday). He's disappointed, and we're hurting for him.

"It's time to pick up the other guy (Driskel), and that's what our football team will do."

Chris Leak was the last true freshman quarterback to start a game for the Gators, a 24-21 win at Kentucky in 2003.

Contact Robbie Andreu at 352-374-5022 or andreur@gvillesun.com. Also check out Andreu's blog at Gatorsports.com.

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