John Brantley has decided against leaving Florida and will instead try for one more season with the Florida Gators. The Gators can thank new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis for Brantley sticking around. Weis plans to install the pro-style offense at the University of Florida and this is something that's very comfortable for Brantley. He ran this offense in high school at Trinity High in Jacksonville, Florida and should feel extremely comfortable doing it at Florida as well.
Florida's spread offense wasn't the perfect fit for Brantley but he hung around under Coach Meyer and Tim Tebow waiting for his turn. It finally came in 2010 but Brantley struggled heavily as the Florida offense failed to find suitable playmakers to replace guys like Tebow and Percy Harvin. Brantley threw for 2,061 yards with 9 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Florida turned to freshman Trey Burton and even converted tight end Jordan Reed back to quarterback and the 3 headed QB monster just never materialized for Steve Addazio's offense.
New coach Will Muschamp will have to find a quarterback capable of running this offense and Brantley is his best option. He also will have star freshman Jeff Driskel coming into camp for the 2011 season so there will be some competition. I think John Brantley could flourish under Charlie Weis and he looks to be the best option for the Gators to have a successful 2011 season.