With stars gone, teams have big shoes to fill

FLORIDA QB JOHN BRANTLEY
The particulars: 6-3/218, Jr.; Ocala (Fla.) Trinity Catholic
The predecessor: Tim Tebow
The buzz: College football won’t be quite the same without Tebow, the most analyzed and idolized player of his generation. But the Gators should be in good hands with Brantley, who capped a brilliant spring by going 15-of-19 for 201 yards and two touchdowns in the Gators’ spring game. Brantley is a much more conventional quarterback than Tebow, whose unpredictability flummoxed opposing defenses the past few seasons. Brantley won’t be running over linebackers or throwing jump passes, but he could make sure Florida’s offense remains equally effective. Brantley, who has a strong arm, was an impressive 36-of-48 for 410 yards with seven touchdowns and zero interceptions in spot duty last season.

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