Brantley, Ponder fall short of lofty expectations

By: AP
By: AP

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's John Brantley and Florida
State's Christian Ponder are getting plenty of support, at least
off the field.

Coaches and teammates defend the quarterbacks at every turn. The
Gators (7-4) insist their offensive problems aren't Brantley's
fault, pointing to other issues. The Seminoles (8-3) believe
Ponder's drop-off is exaggerated, saying his increased win total is
all that matters.

This much is certain: Neither quarterback has lived up to

Brantley was supposed to replace Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow
and keep Florida in the championship hunt. Ponder was supposed to
be a Heisman candidate and lead Florida State back to national

Instead, they're squaring off in one of the rivals' least
meaningful matchups in years.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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