Brantley Wants to Finish Strong

John Brantley has certainly had his ups and downs throughout his career at Florida. This season has had no shortage of struggles for the senior quarterback, namely an ankle injury that had him sidelined for two full games, and at less than one hundred percent for others. After falling to South Carolina 12-17 Saturday, the Gators have a losing record in the SEC (3-5) for the first time since 1986.

Brantley says they can't dwell on that.

"You never want to lose, but those games where they're closer at the end are pretty tough on you, because you know you've done enough to get to that point to put you in the position to win, but there's always those one or two plays that cost you the game, and that's hard to swallow," John Brantley said.

"Saturday night I was definitely sitting around and trying to figure out what went wrong. There's a bunch of what ifs. The game is over with, there's nothing you can do now, all you can do is just move forward and get better."

The Gators look to move forward when they welcome Furman this weekend. Brantley says a victory over the Paladins should help take the sting out of the Gators losing conference record.

"Wins help you forget about things like that," Brantley said. "(It's) just another week to go out there and prepare against another opponent and clean up the things we need to clean up."

Still on the line is Florida's chance at a securing a bowl bid. Only two games remain this season and the Gators need to win one of them to be bowl eligible. While Brantley says that isn't their focus heading into the matchup with Furman, a bowl game would have lots of benefits for the team.

"(It's) very important. It's good for the program, it's good for the school, it let's us keep playing ball longer."

A longer season means more practices, which would especially help out the young and inexperienced players.

"That's huge. To be able to have that for the young guys going into practicing hopefully into January, that's huge for them," Brantley said. "I was a Gator before I came here, I'm going to be a Gator when I leave, and I want to see the program keep getting better and watch these young guys be successful here."

While his senior season may not have been a storybook ending for John Brantley, he's not letting it get to him. If he is, he certainly isn't showing it. Brantley remains positive and confident, ready to lead his team and finish the season strong.

"This team is a real close bunch. It's unfortunate that our season's gone the way it has, but we want to keep coming out here each week and playing for each other and keep getting better"

Injury update : "I'm as healthy as I'm going to be right now. Walked away from the game feeling a little sore, just like any other game, but for the most part I'm pretty healthy," Brantley said. "It hasn't gotten any worse whatsoever, it keeps getting better each day and each week."

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