ESPN’s KC Joyner may have set the lowest bar ever for a player in citing Florida as having “reason to feel very positive” about John Brantley heading into the summer based on his performance in the Orange and Blue game.
You read that right. Brantley’s 4-for-14, 45-yard performance in the spring scrimmage is grounds for optimism. Here’s why, according to Joyner:
… In the spring game, four of Brantley’s aerials fell under the “stretch vertical” designation and one would have been completed for 40 yards had it not been for a very good defensive play. Brantley also did not force any of these downfield passes into coverage, so the downside on these throws was limited. It bodes well for what the Florida vertical game will be able to do in 2011 — not just for Brantley and Charlie Weis’ new downfield passing game, but for the playmakers in the Gators’ running game as well.
Charlie Weis let Brantley chuck the ball downfield a few times. That’s it. Seriously.
I kinda doubt Muschamp could be dumb enough to share Joyner’s mindset, but, damn, if he is, Georgia might actually have a chance to play on a level field in Jax this year, mentally speaking. A fan can dream, can’t he?