Florida QB John Brantley Likely To Play Against Georgia, Says Will Muschamp

Florida quarterback John Brantley left in the second quarter against Alabama with an injury to his right leg.

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Jacoby Brissett Named Florida Gators Starter For Auburn Game

Friday, the Florida Gators announced freshman quarterback Jacoby Brissett will start his second straight game, confirming an earlier report. Jeff Driskel's injury has healed to the point that Charlie Weis has said both quarterbacks could be used against the Auburn Tigers, however.

To catch you up if you're just joining us, regular starter John Brantley was hurt against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Backup Driskel was also hurt against Bama. Brissett split snaps with versatile whosy whatsit Trey Burton last week against the LSU Tigers. It went about as well as could've been hoped.

The Auburn Tigers defense will prove a much more forgiving canvas for the youngster. While Alabama and LSU both rank in the top five of juuuust about any defensive metric you can calculate, Auburn ranks 105th in yards allowed per game. That cushy run defense will help take pressure off the young passer.

For more, visit Florida blog Alligator Army.

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John Brantley Injury Update: Will Sit Vs. Auburn, According To Will Muschamp

Florida starting quarterback John Brantley has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Auburn Tigersaccording to head coach Will Muschamp. This could mean another game time decision for the Gators at quarterback, between freshmen Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel. Driskel missed last week's loss to LSU with an ankle injury, giving Brissett the starting nod. Muschamp acknowledged that Driskel could reenter the mix this week though Brissett would practice initially as if he is the starter.

Brissett looked every bit the freshman last week, going 8-for-14 passing for 94 yards and two interceptions to one touchdown. The performance was almost admirable in the face of one of the best defenses in college football, however. Unfortunately, the loss dropped Florida just out of both polls this week.  

The Gators don't get much of a reprieve Saturday after facing arguably the two best teams in the country in consecutive weeks. The Tigers will try to regroup from a blowout loss of their own, going down 38-14 to the Arkansas Razorbacks. The game is at Auburn, however, in front of a nighttime crowd that is sure to be electric.

For more on the Gators' quarterback situation, head over to Alligator Army. For more the Tigers, be sure to visit Track Em Tigers.

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John Brantley Injury Update: Out Vs. LSU, Says Will Muschamp

As feared, Florida Gators quarterback John Brantley will miss the team's Saturday game against the LSU Tigershead coach Will Muschamp confirmed at Monday's press conference. He provided no further details on the nature of the player's injury, other than that it's a lower leg injury. 

Gators blog Alligator Army looks on the bright side, sort of:

That certainly sounds like an injury that can be evaluated on a week-to-week basis, which tends toward confirmation of the reports that Brantley's injury is a high ankle sprain.

Moments before, Brantley was seen walking in a boot with crutches.

Muschamp also confirmed true freshman Jeff Driskel will get the start against LSU, which should only be slightly more terrifying than being thrown into the middle of a game against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Driskel took over for Brantley at halftime after the starter went down due to what appeared to be a knee injury. He struggled to complete passes, finding two receivers in six attempts, but flashed a nice bit of athleticisim. He will need it all.

The Florida coach also noted all three Gators quarterbacks will get reps in practice this week.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more updates on Brantley's health. For more on the Gators, check out Florida blog Alligator Army.  

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VIDEO: Florida QB John Brantley's Knee Injury Against Alabama

John Brantley was sacked on back-to-back plays late in the second quarter of Florida's game against Alabama, including this hit which knocked him out of the game for good: 


The extent of Brantley's injury is still unknown. As you can see above, his right knee took most of the damage, and he clearly favored the leg as he left the field. After reaching the sidelines, he was carted off the field to the locker room.

Before leaving, Brantley connected on 11-of-16 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown -- a 65-yard pass to Andre Debose. True freshman Jeff Driskel replaced Brantley was ineffective throwing the ball -- he connected on just 2-of-6 attempts for 14 yards, though he did show flashes running the ball, notching a long gain of 31 yards on the ground. Driskell was thrown into the fire against an elite Alabama defense, and things won't get much easier if he's forced to start next week in place of Brantley when the Gators travel to Baton Rouge to face LSU.

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