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From the Outback Bowl: Q&A with Florida QB Brantley on transferring and Urban Meyer
December 27, 2010 - Cory Giger
TAMPA, Fla. -- Florida quarterback John Brantley discusses possibly transferring, Urban Meyer's decision to resign and other topics in this Q&A.
Q: Have you come to a decision about what you're gonna do?
A: I haven't really discussed it with my parents yet. I'm just really concentrating on playing this bowl game and playing the best against Penn State as I can.
Q: Is it weird going into a game like this with the uncertainty?
A: Not really. I mean, I'm a Gator. That's what I am right now. I'm just giving all my effort to the bowl game and just acting like it's any other bowl game or any other game.
Q: When do you feel you need to make a decision by?
A: I'm not sure. Whenever I get home, we're just going to sit down as a family and talk about it.
Q: Does it feel different out there, with this being Coach Meyer's last game and a new coach has already been named?
A: It's a little different, but the intensity is still really high. Our coaches are coaching us like crazy. So just the thought of that, this is going to be his last game, is a little weird. But if he didn't announce that he was gonna leave, you'd have no idea he was going to.
Q: It's been a month since we've seen the offense. What's the same, and have you stuck with the three-quarterback system?
A: Yeah, we're still working in Jordan Reed and Trey [Burton] in there. I think that's what we're gonna stick with. Who knows what the defense will give us, but we're gonna stick with that and just keep practicing and keep trying to execute it.
Q: How about having new coach Will Muschamp looking from afar as Meyer coaches this final game. Is that strange?
A: It's a little strange, but you know, our attitudes and the intensity has not changed at all.
Q: What do you see from the Penn State defense?
A: They're big. They like to put a few guys in the box a little more than we're used to. They're gonna play us well. They're very disciplined They're definitely gonna be, definitely know what we're doing. It's gonna be tough. They're gonna be a good team and be ready to play.
Q: What are the factors in your decision to transfer or not?
A: I haven't really spoken too much about it, to be honest with you. We're gonna talk about that, we're gonna weigh the pros and cons and go from there.
Q: Have you been in touch with any other schools?
A: I have not. I'm a Gator. I'm giving my 100 percent concentration to this game right here.
Q: What kind of feel do you have for what the future looks like?
A: It's tough to say. We haven't discussed much about it right now. I'm a Gator, I always wanted to be a Gator. I'm gonna go home, talk to my parents, weigh the pros and cons and that's all I can say right now.
Q: Does the coaching change make it more likely you'll come back, with a whole new offense coming in?
A: Yeah, I mean, pro-style offense is what I was looking for. And I'm still just gonna go home and talk and weigh the pros and cons with what Coach Muschamp wants to do and everything and go from there.
Q: Sometimes people look at when a player thinks about transferring or moving on that they've already moved on. Do you think you put yourself in that position?
A: No. I mean, I think with anyone else, I still want to win games. That's what I want to do this coming Saturday. I just want to go out there and win the game and figure it out after that.
Q: You wouldn't run away from competition would you?
A: Absolutely not. Absolutely not. I came here, I sat behind Tim [Tebow]. I could have ran a long time ago. I didn't want to. I've always wanted to be a Gator.
Q: Has it been a difficult process for you the past few weeks with all the uncertainty?
A: We haven't discussed much about it at all with my parents. We're really gonna concentrate on talking about it after this bowl game. We didn't want that distraction because, like you said, people have moved on. I don't want to do that. I want to give my full attention to this game.
Q: Have you talked to Meyer, and has he tried to talk you into staying?
A: We talked a little bit, of course. He wants me here. He wants to see me here. But nothing too in depth.
Q: In this game, you see Urban Meyer, who's gonna retire. Then you see on the other side an 84-year-old guy that doesn't ever want to retire. Your thoughts on that?
A: Coach Paterno's a great coach. He's been in this game for a while. But it's Coach Meyer's decision. He feels that he needs to take care of himself and his family, and we support that. I want him to take care of himself and stay healthy and just enjoy his time.
Q: At 7-5, how frustrating has this season been for you?
A: It's not the season we hoped for, but you know what, we stuck together, we came closer and now we just want to finish it out for Coach Meyer and these seniors.