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John Brantley's last stand begins today at Orange & Blue

How bad has it been for John Brantley? I've written about UF having a new quarterback in 2011, that Brantley should transfer and the Brantley Era was over. And I was a Brantley defender!

Brantley has been given a new lease on life with a very large man with a schematic advantage. Charlie Weis isn't a miracle worker, but he is competent, unlike Steve Addazio. Brantley won't have to run the option anymore. 

But will he have the skills and drive to right the ship for one good season? If he doesn't, Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett are waiting to pick at the dead carcass that is Brantley's senior season. And before you think that Brissett is out, consider that he is Weis' and Will Muschamp's boy, not Driskel. Coaches always want their guy, not an old one.

The problem is that we really have no clue what to expect. This situation is exactly want Brantley wanted, but if he couldn't step up previously, what guarantee is there that he will step up now? Hell, maybe he is so mentally worn down that there is nothing left for Weis and Muschamp to build up. 

I had once written that Brantley would win a Heisman and National Championship. I'd be happy if he can lead the Gators to the SEC Championship Game.