Loeffler on Brantley

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Tim Tebow isn’t the only high school All-America quarterback from
Florida that Scot Loeffler tried to recruit to Michigan. He also made a
strong run at Ocala Trinity Catholic star John Brantley three years
ago. Brantley, of course, followed Tebow to Florida, and Loeffler now
has the chance to coach both.

UF’s new quarterbacks coach seems to have big plans for Brantley.

“I
knew his family (through recruiting). He comes from great stock,”
Loeffler said. “The best thing that could happen to a young college
quarterback is to watch a great one in front of him. That’s the trend
I’m used to. Develop, develop, develop, then go in and dominate. That’s
the plan for Johnny Brantley.

“He’ll be developed and we’ll see what happens in the future. I think his future is up.”

Brantley
is similar in style to the quarterbacks that Loeffler developed at
Michigan, current NFL players Tom Brady, Brian Griese and Chad Henne.

Brantley is more of a traditional drop-back passer than Tebow, who seems to be the ultimate spread-option quarterback.

“I
watched Brantley a little bit in the spring,” Loeffler said. “I think
he’s got a really live arm. He’s a drop-back, athletic guy who is going
to be a good football player.”

Brantley figures to be the
starting quarterback in 2010, when he will be a fourth-year junior.
Loeffler and Urban Meyer are hoping Brantley will see more significant
playing time behind Tebow this season to get him ready to take over the
following season.