FOUR BITS: Brantley, Tebow, Lin, lacrosse

By Adam Silverstein
February 9, 2012

1 » Florida Gators quarterback John Brantley has faced his fair share of obstacles over the course of his college career but trainer Tom Shaw does not believe that will prevent him from succeeding as a professional. According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Brantley has been training at the ESPN/Disney Wide World of Sports Complex since the season ended and has spent much of that time working with Shaw, the acclaimed trainer/coach of big-time signal callers like Eli and Peyton Manning, Michael Vick and most notably Tom Brady. “You saw what he did at the University of Florida, so a lot of people aren’t giving him an opportunity,” Shaw told the Sentinel. “But with what I’ve seen in the time that I’ve spent with John is that he could be one of the best quarterbacks that I’ve ever had.” Shaw believes Brantley is a better athlete than Brady and has a strong arm but most work on his footwork. “I don’t sell kids. If they’re good they’re good. If they’re bad, I’ll tell you,” he said. “I’m not saying he’s the next Tom Brady or Peyton Manning or whoever. I’m saying this kid has the ability, the talent to be a pro football player and be successful at it because he has all the tools.”

The paper also notes that Brantley is being represented by Joel Segal of Lagardere Unlimited, the agent who has also signed running back Chris Rainey for 2012 and boasts a stable of other Gators including Percy Harvin (Minnesota), Maurkice Pouncey (Pittsburgh), Mike Pouncey (Miami) and Ahmad Black. In other words, it may be wise to expect Brantley to be selected somewhere in the late rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft if Segal has anything to say about it (which he will).

2 » With his show Eastbound & Down set to return to HBO on Feb. 19, Kenny Powers recently decided to write an open letter to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow called “The Gifted Young Athlete.” The letter, available unedited on, is uncensored and features explicit language. Below is a very short passage appropriate enough for publication here on OGGOA.

Yet here Jesus is, helping me & Tebow out in sports, just because we’re maybe a little bit cooler in his eyes. It’s a raw deal, plain and simple.

[EXPAND Click to expand and read two more BITS in this post.]3 » New York Knicks point guard sensation Jeremy Lin is turning heads in Madison Square Garden and the explosion of the aptly-amed “Linsanity” hysteria is drawing comparisons by media types to “Tebowmania” from the fall. In addition to both players being what some consider to be unlikely heroes, Lin (like Tebow) is quite religious and has no problem offering up praise to the man above for his recent success on the court. He also recently told 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, CA that Tebow inspires him in a number of ways. “His approach to the game is just unbelievable and I respect him so much,” he said. “I want to be able to do some of the things that he doe sin terms of the amount of charity work and the non-profit work, and the way he impacts people off the field. I think that is what is most inspiring about him.”

4 » Set to officially begin their 2012 season on Saturday against No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Florida lacrosse is eyeing the program’s first national title this year. It was announced Thursday that the Gators were picked to finish second in the conference by ALC coaches, an understandable slotting considering the top team in the league is expected to be defending ALC and NCAA champion Northwestern. Florida actually won the 2011 ALC regular season title before falling to Northwestern 10-9 in the postseason tournament. In the program’s third year of existence, the Gators hope to break the final barrier and win both the ALC and national titles outright this season.[/EXPAND]


  1. g8ter27 says:

    I would like to see a list of clients that Tom Shaw has worked with where he came out and said afterwards “well they basically suck”. We have always heard how great JB was when doing 7 on7 drills and passing to receivers not being covered in practice. Never seen him do it in a game. Ocala Trinity was not known for their brutal HS football schedule either. When you play teams like The Rock and Marion Baptist the stats look good. If it were Armwood or St. Thomas every week I wonder if he would have been offered at all, Oh well, may not be a good qb but a real nice guy and team player so best of luck to him.

  2. Drew says:

    “But with what I’ve seen in the time that I’ve spent with John is that he could be one of the best quarterbacks that I’ve ever had.” Now where have I heard that line before? Oh yeah, anytime ole’ johnny boy doesn’t have to worry about any type of defense. We heard that coming out of 2010, he was a bust. We heard that coming out of the 2011 spring, and he was a bust. At what point to the supposed “pros” start looking at game tape instead of what he does while wearing the red jersey? I liken Brantley’s overrated 5 star status out of high school to Hawaii’s 08′ sugar bowl run. Playing against weak comp, both looked awesome. Then it came time to prove how good they were against REAL competition. For Hawaii it was Georgia, and they got completely crushed. For Johnny it was the removal of the red jersey and SEC defenses. He played much like Hawaii looked, like crap. Sure he managed to throw a nice ball here and there, but at the end of the day weak comp boosted him into a spot he had no business being in. The experts cooled on Hawaii after that and really have not given them a second thought. Why can’t people do that with Brantley? He’s no good. CFL QB at best.

  3. Joe says:

    I am in favor of anything tha

  4. Eli says:

    It’s just a thought I’ve had, but hear me out. If anyone here is a baseball fan, they’ll remember Zack Greinke (currently of the Brewers, formerly Royals) had some struggled with anxiety disorders early on in his career relating to performing in front of crowds. He took a full year off to seek help, came back, and now he’s a perennial Cy Young contender.

    I wonder what the chance is that a similar problem afflicts JB? He’s always been “great in practice”, but we all know how he plays in games.

  5. MAR says:

    Im sick Gator fans ripping Brantley. That kid went through a lot and played hard. From having to follow Tebow, after sitting for two years when he could have started elsewhere, to dealing with a passionless sinking Meyer, to all of the coaching turnovers, I think he handled it well. All of these things never gave him a chance to get comfortable. He was breaking out against Bama. He had the best half of any QB against Bama all year, then got hurt. You saw how good we were without him. I think he has way more potential than what we saw. I am glad he was the QB through all the BS, otherwise we finish sub .500.

    • jay d says:

      if that`s what it takes for you to justify our QB woes, so be it lol ….. I`ve seen it countless times in other sports…..kid balls out all day in practice….but can`t make it happen when it counts….our win over Ohio State was not because of anything J.B did….it is because his team picked his lousy ass up and carried him on their backs….so what…he showed up for one quarter in two years as a starter….doesnt cut it on any football team….the only reason he managed to keep his job was because the coaches were baffled at how well he practiced and how poor he played on saterdays…Brissett and or Driskel will do in one year what brantley couldnt do during 5 years in college and 2 as the starter….and thats win a relavent game….heard it here first!

    • Drew says:

      Settle down MAR, no one is saying he sucks as a person, he just sucks as a QB. It’s hard to get behind an overrated player when after every three and out or after every interception he just trots to the sideline, puts his helmet on the back of his head, hands on his shoulder pads, and chews on his mouth guard. No fire, no leadership, no emotion. Just because you follow a legend doesn’t mean you can’t show some leadership. For two years all he did was go through the motions. Why? Because he knew that daddy and the uncle wouldn’t let him be benched. You’d be hard pressed to find a lot of Gator fans that are sad to see him graduate.

      • Drew says:

        Let me rephrase that, I’m glad he graduated, we need more athletes that do. What I meant was you’d be hard pressed to find a lot of gator fans sad that he won’t be suiting up in Orange and Blue anymore.

    • Gator John says:

      I Kind of agree with you Mar. JB takes the heat for losing, but there are 10 other guys on the field that are just as much to blame. Our O line was terrible, we had NO go-to receivers and no running game to keep the defenses honest. If you put JB on the 05-06 team that Leak had, I bet he is alot more successful then he has been. Just the way I see it.

    • Drew says:

      Man, two of my posts get deleted. This site is well on it’s way to becoming the gatorsports,com forum. Any opinions that differ form the norm are bashed, or deleted. Well done Adam! I wonder how long this post stays up. Must be an Obama man.

      • Drew says:

        and there are my two posts back up. Oh well.

      • None of your posts got deleted. I slept late and did not have a chance to approve new comments until just now. That happens sometimes, especially if you’re making a lot of posts at once and refreshing the page. They are “pending” until I approve them. I don’t delete comments unless offensive or spam…and the former rarely happens.

  6. Gatorbuck says:

    Man, really don’t get the JB haters that take it so personally. He gave it his best and that’s all you can ask of someone. I really wish him the best whether that includes football in his future or not. Still a class act that many can learn some lessons from in their own lives.

    • g8ter27 says:

      That is all you can ask of him, but not of the coaching staff that continued to play him.. I also get that there are 10 other players on the filed but for example, had we just taken a knee or handed the ball off on every play in the FSU game we woul dhave either won, or lost by a heck of a lot less than with JB. Sorry, but it is true.

  7. armygator says:

    I feel a little bit dirty and disgusted after reading the Kenny Powers thing. Maybe I just don’t get it. I’m OK with that.

  8. panhandle says:

    Okay, I was forewarned, but still wish I’d not opened and read Kenny Power’s spewing his vile commentary.

    Is that rambling relavent to OGGOA?

  9. Luke says:

    My friend’s sister married Doug Johnson, who spent a couple of years as a 3rd string QB making ~$450k yr. I really hope Brantley gets that same option. If he’s smart, he’ll save like crazy and set himself up for later in life. Let’s be honest, could there be many jobs better than 3rd string QB in the NFL? No one bothers you while you eat with your girl, no one expects much, you get paid good, and you still live your dream as long as you know the playbook and send in the signals.

    Where would Tebow be if Brantley didn’t call in the signals to him. That’s the real question…

    • Ken (CA) says:

      Just think Don Strock, walking the sidelines carrying a clipboard for about 15 years….and walking out a multi-millionaire….and that was in the 70s

  10. MAR says:

    I don’t have QB woes. I just realize that no matter who our QB was the last two years, they would not have played to their potential. Going from the Meyer system to the Weiss system is no easy task. I give Brantley a pass and think he might shock you at the next level.

  11. Sam says:

    Kenny Powers is a character played by Danny McBride. The article is right in line with the tone of the show. Powers is an asshole who thinks a lot of himself. It’s supposed to be funny, not serious.

    I think JB is a Gator and he did his best in rough circumstances. From where I sat there were a lot of dropped balls out there and he was running for his life a lot of the time. Sure, a superstar QB will rise above some of that adversity and still perform. Tebow had the ability to run when his receivers weren’t catching the ball or the line was letting defenders come through untouched. Brantley didn’t have the physical skills to do that so he looked pretty bad. He sure doesn’t deserve the nasty comments he gets from people who sing about sticking together in all kinds of weather.

  12. Joe says:

    JB could be an excellent QB with a solid line and the right coaching. Even Peyton Manning and Tom Brady look average when the pass rush is in their face.

  13. ncgator says:

    Washington Post has reported Diggs will sign with Maryland at a 5:00 news conference. They also said, they wouldn’t be surprised if he changed his mind. What an egomaniac this kid must be. He’s been recruited for 2-3 years and he has to delay his signing for an extra week so he can make sure he gets his 2-minutes of fame. He’s just what we need, another kid with an entitlement attitude

    • scooterp says:

      He hasn’t committed to 2 or 3 schools, then change his mind. He wasn’t committed to a school for 14 months then at the 11th hour sign at another one. The truth is this kid has kept his recruiting pretty close to himself – How is that being an egomaniac?………. and his HS does not allow their players to take OV during the season, so he really didn’t start looking until after Xmas. I don’t see where he did anything goofy, self serving or outlandish than any of the players that inked their LOI last week. All he did was take his time and made sure he got all his visits.

      • ncgator says:

        B.S The kids been recruited since 10th grade and it takes him 3 yrs and an extra week to make up his mind! Every other kid in the country, including those ranked higher than he was, signed on NSD or before. To me, that’s ridiculous and Maryland can have him.

        • scooterp says:

          That can’t sign before NSD, you dope. He took all his visits after the first of the year – with the last one being this weekend. I’m sorry that the day he announces does not fit into your time table, but he never made any promises publicly to play at UF. Stop being a baby about the whole thing.

          • ncgator says:

            You are so uninformed and childish with your name calling. What are you 15? I never said he signed, I said he was recruited! Grow up.

  14. John S says:

    I hope JB has a great pro career. He wasn’t a very good college quarterback but look at the guys that are getting contracts at the next level, they just have the ability and every coach thinks they can fix em. Our entire offense was poor last year, and John was injured. When we switched to a “pro” style offense we were doomed to suck.

    Wish him the best he certainly didn’t give up and if coach says good things about him even now you have to think there’s something to it.

  15. MAR says:

    The player that let me down more than anyone this year was Rainey. Between the dropped punts and passes, he had a lot to do with some of our losses.
    I think he is why we lost To UGA. I like Rainey and hope the best for him, but I am quite happy he will no longer play for UF (unless he only played on special teams).

  16. MAR says:

    Punt block team that is, he muffed too many punts this year to be a return man.

  17. Scooterp says:

    I apologize for the name calling. It was uncalled for and you’re right, it does sound childish. But the bitter filled insults from you and others toward kids who sign with other schools or wait longer than the norm to commit sounds petty and silly. There were a ton of posts 10 days ago celebrating the Fowler outcome after his 14 month circus, but Diggs takes 5 visits in 5 weeks after the holidays and decides to announce at his birthday party and people call him a showboat. Not that I’m happy about it, mind you. Of all the players on our board on NSD this was the one we really needed. But if he wants to stay close to home and play in front of his family – good for him.

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