Brantley 'fine' to play Saturday

Florida coach Will Muschamp and quarterback John Brantley talk on the sidelines against Vanderbilt during the first half Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Matt Stamey/Staff photographer
Published: Monday, November 7, 2011 at 12:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 at 12:42 p.m.

Senior quarterback John Brantley's arm injury that kept him out late in Saturday's game is “nothing serious at all” and he should return to practice Tuesday, UF coach Will Muschamp said during his Monday news conference.


Saturday's game

Who: Florida (5-4, 3-4 SEC) at No. 15 South Carolina (7-2, 5-2)

When: Noon

TV: CBS Sports

Radio: 103.7-FM, AM-850

Where: Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250), Columbia, S.C.

Series Record: UF leads, 23-5-3

Last Meeting: Nov. 13, 2010 at Gainesville (USC, 36-14)

Brantley “got a funny hit” on his arm and could have returned to the game, said Muschamp, who added Brantley's ankle is also fine.

Click back for more on today's news conference.

Also of note:

Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis leads the nation in field goals per game. ... linebackers Jelani Jenkins (concussion) and Lerentee McCray (shoulder) will be back at practice Monday. Running back Chris Rainey (ankle) and offensive tackle Chaz Green (ankle) will return Tuesday. ... Muschamp said the Gators are going to work a lot on pass defense today in practice. ... Muschamp praised South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier for establishing the tradition of winning championships at Florida. ... Muschamp on Missouri: They do a nice job offensively, lot of different formations, excited about them joining the league. ... Muschamp said he watched the LSU-Alabama game on Saturday night, but fell asleep at halftime. He said he was exhausted.

Eastern rep

South Carolina and Georgia are the only teams mathematically eligible to participate in the SEC Championship Game from the Eastern Division.

Georgia (5-1) controls its own destiny and can reach the SEC title game by defeating both Kentucky and Auburn.

South Carolina can get to the title game by defeating Florida and having Georgia lose to either Kentucky or Auburn.

Lerner honored

Florida senior punter David Lerner (Buchholz High School) will receive the Dick Schapp Sportsman of the Year Award, an honor given by the Greater New York Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

Lerner will receive the award at the 44th Memorial Awards Dinner in New York on Dec. 7. Previous winners of the award include: Tommy Lasorda, Hall of Fame Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bill France, Commissioner of NASCAR, Tim Finchem, Commissioner of the PGA, and Joe Torre, former New York Yankees manager.

Lerner, who was recently named a nominee for the Discover Orange Bowl Courage Award, has seen action in six games for the Gators, recording 24 punts for 919 yards (38.3 yards per punt).Lerner has landed seven punts inside opponents' 20-yard line.

No 9 SEC games

The SEC will continue to play eight conference games in football. There has been no discussions on a nine-game schedule now that the conference is at 14 teams with the addition Sunday of Missouri, according to the SEC office.

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