Blue tops Orange 13-10 at Gators spring game

By Adam Silverstein
April 9, 2011

Not all coming out parties are exciting and such was the case for the Florida Gators at the 2011 Orange & Blue Debut on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL. Faced with a mountain of injuries and in the middle of a coaching transition, Blue defeated Orange 13-10 after each team scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The first half was a 3-3 stalemate with senior kicker Caleb Sturgis hitting a pair of field goals including a long of 43 yards for Blue.

Redshirt senior quarterback John Brantley started for Blue but only played in the first half and finished 4/14 for 45 yards after throwing five-straight incomplete passes to begin the game. He was replaced by freshman QB Jeff Driskel (2/6 for 13 yards, 23 rushing yards) at halftime before walk-on sophomore QB Christian Provancha closed out the game with a 39-yard touchdown to sophomore wide receiver Robert Clark.

Redshirt freshman QB Tyler Murphy drew the start for the Orange team and played most of the game, going 7/11 for 68 yards. He threw a TD to sophomore walk-on running back Ben Sams on a play that would have normally been ruled a sack and tossed an interception to sophomore cornerback Cody Riggs on a ball tipped by the receiver.

Other highlights from the game include a 55-yard punt by freshman punter Kyle Christy, dominant performances on the defensive line from sophomore defensive tackles Sharrif Floyd and Dominique Easley, some explosive plays from redshirt senior running back Chris Rainey, a solid day from sophomore WR Quinton Dunbar and two nice first-half receptions from freshman tight end A.C. Leonard.

The University of Florida announced that 53,000 fans were in attendance for the game and halftime ceremony that saw three statues being unveiled for the school’s trio of Heisman Trophy-winning QBs: Steve Spurrier (1966), Danny Wuerffel (1996) and Tim Tebow (2007). Spurrier sent in a pre-recorded message because South Carolina’s spring game was also played Saturday, while Wuerffel and Tebow stood at midfield and expressed their appreciation to the fans, administration and donors.

18 Comments

  1. Zooker says:

    Brantley is the same STILL.. Geesh stopp getting the ball batted down

    • Tractorr says:

      I really want to root for Brantley but I don’t know if he is too far gone to help. On the upside Murphy is showing some promise. A pleasant surprise for sure.

      • Nick says:

        I wonder how long into yet another dismissal regular season performance by Brantley before fans are calling for Tyler Murphy to get a shot? And more importantly, how long will Weis stick with JB if his struggles continue into next season?

  2. Zooker says:

    Brantley is the same STILL…

  3. Mark says:

    Wow, I have little hope for this offense.

    It’s going to be a rough 2011

  4. g8ter27 says:

    I wasn’t there so i don’t know all of the facts….but 4-14 and 45 yds? That is crap. Unless he was getting pressure like the O-line of old allowed I think John is on borrowed time there bc I don’t think Weiss will play him just because he is a Brantley like Steve A.

  5. Jesse C says:

    That under-thrown deep ball by Brantley looked awfully familiar…. Weis still has a lot of work to do with him. I pray Brantley gets a lot better with his deep ball accuracy and release at the LOS or else we will mimic the lack of production from 2010.

  6. Mr2Bits says:

    Its a good thing practices were closed as it appears everyone has been lying about Brantley’s abilities much like last year. I was unable to watch the game today and will catch it tomorrow off DVR but it sounds much of the same and Brants last years stats.

  7. john s says:

    Hopefully the o line will be better and healthier by fall. The line is lucky this was a scrimmage. Hopefully the d line is just that good. Go gators

  8. wingtee says:

    I think now people understand that Johnny B ain’t gonna happen. But we will keep trying . Why I do not know . Legacy ? His dad was just an average to below player . Go with Tyler and JD backup. Yes I’m drunk right now

  9. None of you sholud be drawing ANY conclusions from that game except for one: Sharrif Floyd is an absolute beast. Aside from that, nothing that happened on the field Saturday matters in the least. You’re really going to write off Brantley after five weeks in a brand new system without the vast majority of his starting offensive line, only one running back and zero fullbacks (extra protection)? Really?! Everyone calm down.

  10. jay d says:

    It is ok Adam, we understand you can’t rip on brantley cause you don’t want to ruin gator ties…lol J/K……but let’s get honest for a sec…he is a 5th year senior who looked god awfull….after seeing some of his game time choices from last year and seeing similar things with the few reps he played today…gator faithfull, in my opinion, is justified with being very concerned…I love the passion on these message boards …. it gives me hope!! Go gators : )

  11. TonyM1449 says:

    I’m not going to write JB off but I still stand by my earlier statement, I don’t want to hear how he and everyone is tearing it up, SHOW ME! Now I do understand that he had no protection due to the line being pieced together as a result of issues with depth and injury. I really do hope with all my Gator heart that JB is successful and will represent the orange and blue like a true Gator great. If not, the coaches need to call a bust a bust and look to the future!

  12. TonyM1449 says:

    I will say, good luck JB! Make us proud! I’m still pulling for you! Go Gators!

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