Urban Meyer was talking about Saturday's bowl game, but he could have been talking about the Gators' quarterback position for the future.
It's to be determined.
The three-quarterback system that has been successful at times and woeful at others will likely stay in place for the Outback Bowl vs. Penn State (7-5) on Saturday. After that, questions remain.
Redshirt junior John Brantley is considering transferring after his first season as a starter ended with nine touchdowns, nine interceptions and came during one of Florida's worst seasons in 20 years. Freshman Trey Burton said he'll be back for next season with new coach Will Muschamp.
Redshirt freshman Jordan Reed hasn't been available to the media, but he'd face incoming freshman Jeff Driskel in the quarterback competition if he stays. Next season seems far off when a Florida (7-5) offense that ranks 79th nationally tries to win Meyer's last game. All indications point to the Gators using Brantley, Burton and Reed on Saturday.
"That's to be determined. All three are healthy now," Meyer said this week. "So we have three available."
Added Brantley, "We're still working in Jordan Reed and Trey in there. I think that's what we're going to stick with."
At times, it has been the antidote to the Gators' problems. Against Georgia, Vanderbilt and Appalachian State, it has achieved its goal ... giving Florida a running option with Burton and Reed while cleaning up defenses for Brantley to pass.
In losses to South Carolina and Florida State, it provided more problems as the Gators couldn't find consistency in rotating them. Nevertheless, Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley is concerned about it.
"It's a little unique," he said. "It's hard because they're all in the game at the same time. We've seen where they put guys in and take them out. But we've never quite seen it like this."
It could be Brantley's last game in a Florida uniform. If he does leave, his options are limited. He could transfer to another Division I school, either in the Football Bowl Subdivision or the Football Championship Subdivision, but would need a written release from Florida and a waiver from the NCAA.
Since he has only one year of eligibility remaining, he could only be approved for a waiver if he pursued graduate work at a program Florida does not have. Brantley's other option is to transfer to a Division II or III school, where he could play immediately.
He said he won't make a decision until after Saturday's game.
"I'm a Gator. That's what I am right now," he said. "I'm just giving all my effort to this bowl game and just acting like it's any other bowl game or any other game."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun