November 22, 2010

Gator offense gains confidence

After enduring a season's worth of frustration and weekly scrutiny from every armchair quarterback in captivity, a smile stretched across John Brantley's boyish countenance. The weight of a four-loss season eased off his shoulders after a quality performance against Appalachian State.

The redshirt junior quarterback threw for 222 yards and led the Gators to touchdowns on four of their first five possessions during a 48-10 win.

For weeks, the fans have booed the Florida offense. For once, they cheered.

"You gotta move on, you have to forget about it," Brantley said during his traditional postgame news conference. "If you let (the criticism) hang over to the next week, then you're going to be distracted, because you're going to be thinking about that way too much that day at practice or against the next opponent, so you have to just keep moving forward. It's tough. Sundays aren't the easiest days in the world. By Monday or Tuesday, it starts clearing up and you can start focusing on your opponent that week."

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