A relatively quiet day on the Florida football beat took a turn toward the frenetic when the latest betting line came out in the morning. The line (UF favored by seven) was dropped by the Las Vegas oddsmakers for the UF-LSU game. The reason stated was: Florida quarterback questionable.
This came out of nowhere. John Brantley met with the media on Monday and said he was sore from Saturday’s game, but nothing out of the ordinary and he was good-to-go for Saturday night’s game against LSU.
Brantley apparently injured his ribs late in the fourth quarter when he tried desperately to run for a first down on a fourth-down play. Brantley came up just short after being drilled by two Alabama defenders. It took several moments before he could get up and leave the field. But he returned later in the game, and nothing more was thought about it.
During interviews Tuesday, offensive coordinator Steve Addazio was asked if Brantley would be playing against LSU. Addazio said: “He’s doing great.”
Offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert said that Brantley was limited in practice Sunday night, but should be fine.
No. 2 quarterback Trey Burton said he would be ready to run the offense Saturday night if needed, but he won’t have to.
“Brantley is good,” Burton said. “He’s going to be able to play.”
Of course, last Thursday, the word from the football team was that starting place-kicker Caleb Sturgis also was battling through pain after injuring his back a few weeks ago lifting weights. Then it was learned on Friday that Sturgis would not make the trip to Alabama and could miss as many as eight weeks.
Will Brantley be playing Saturday? All indications are he will. But we might have to wait and see.