July 11, 2010

2010 Gator football overview: backfield

This week, Gatorbait.net examines the 2010 Florida Gators football team group by group. Today, we take an in-depth look at the backfield.

Overview:Losing Tim Tebow, a player Florida coaches regularly called one of the greats in college football history, is a huge deal. But it's certainly not the end of the world. That was evident in the spring. While it's true, we won't know all we need to about Tebow's successor, junior John Brantley, until this fall, it's obvious he has all the tools -- and then some -- to be successful.

It doesn't hurt that he'll be working behind one of the country's top offensive lines, has a dangerous, though unproven, group of receivers with which to work and an excellent stable of running backs at his disposal. Brantley has a rocket arm, one that easily among the strongest we've seen in Gainesville in the past few decades. He also have proven to be accurate with his passes. In two seasons as Tebow's backup, the 6-foot-3, 218-pounder has completed 71.1 percent of his attempts for 645 yards and 10 touchdowns, giving him a 183.13 passer rating.

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