Notebook: Brantley is improving

Florida quarterback John Brantley takes a photo with the UF cheerleaders on the sidelines before the game against LSU on Oct. 8 in Baton Rouge, La. Brantley shed his crutches and is expected back to practice Monday.

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Published: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 12:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 12:47 p.m.

Injured Florida quarterback John Brantley will not do anything in practice this week and will be re-evaluated Monday to determine his status for next week's Georgia game.

UF coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday that Brantley could get ready to play in the game if he's cleared early next week.

“John is very sharp mentally,” Muschamp said during the SEC teleconference. “So, for him to be able to get back pretty quickly shouldn't be an issue.”

Brantley sustained a high ankle sprain late in the first half of the Alabama game and missed the past two games against LSU and Auburn.

Muschamp said Tuesday there was a chance Brantley would throw some passes this week in practice, but it appears that will not happen.

“He's very limited as far as running around. He's not practiced,” Muschamp said. “We don't foresee him practicing at all this week. We're hoping to get him back on Monday.

“He's worked awful hard. He's done everything we've asked him to do, and then some. He's lived in the training room trying to get back and get healthy.”

Muschamp was asked Tuesday if he would play Brantley in the Georgia game if he's limited by his injury.

“Well, to me, that's not my call,” he said. “That's the trainers' call and that's John's call. If he feels confident in playing and our trainers say he's OK to play, then he'll play. But I don't get into those decisions.

“That's something the medical staff needs to handle. You certainly never want to put a young man in a situation where he can't be successful.”

Roberson facing charge

True freshman cornerback Marcus Roberson is facing a misdemeanor charge of underage drinking following his arrest on campus on Sept. 14.

The attorney for Roberson, Huntley Johnson, entered a plea of not guilty for his client on Sept. 28. He has a court date set for Nov. 7.

Roberson is the seventh UF arrest this year. Sophomore safety Matt Elam faced the same charge as Roberson earlier this year.

“The coaching staff was aware of the incident and it has been handled internally,” UF spokesman Steve McClain said.

Gators out of the race?

Muschamp said he does not talk much to his players about the SEC East race. With three league losses, the Gators have been all but eliminated with three conference games to play.

“It's pretty obvious we need some help at this point,” Muschamp said. “They understand where they are and what's at stake and the situation in getting to Atlanta. I talk very little about it. It's more about focusing on the opponent that week.”

Muschamp certainly is familiar with UF's next opponent. He was a starting safety at Georgia in the early 1990s.

Muschamp said he does not have a lot of fond memories about the UF-Georgia game.

“There weren't many good ones, that's for sure,” Muschamp said.

But Muschamp said he loves the rivalry.

“It's a great rivalry game. The setting in Jacksonville is amazing,” he said. “I don't think there is any question the game belongs in Jacksonville. It's a lot of fun to be a part of.”

Muschamp said he will not feel all that strange coaching against his alma mater.

“I've faced Georgia a lot before as a coordinator,” he said. “I enjoyed my time there, but I've worked at LSU, I've worked at Auburn.

“My loyalties reside with people, not places necessarily. And certainly my loyalty is here at the University of Florida.”

Punished Bulldogs

Georgia sophomore defensive lineman Kwame Geathers and junior defensive back Shawn Williams have been suspended for the first half of the Florida game.

Geathers was suspended for fighting in the Vanderbilt game Saturday. Williams' suspension is the result of a flagrant personal foul which occurred in the third quarter.

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