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So who's the backup quarterback's backup for the Gators?

Florida Today
Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 12:46 PM
GAINESVILLE -

It could be the ultimate nightmare for Florida Gators fans. And it could happen.

Imagine Florida playing next weekend at LSU in the fourth quarter of a tied game. On the sideline are star quarterback Tim Tebow, recovering from a concussion, and backup John Brantley, who just suffered an injury.

Now what?

Believe it or not, the next quarterback in line for the defending national champions and top-ranked Gators could be ... junior punter Chas Henry.

Henry was the starting quarterback at East Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga., his sophomore season. He even led the school to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs while throwing for 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns.

UF had no interest in the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder rifling passes in Gainesville.

But the Gators are considering Henry if Tebow isn't ready and an emergency develops.

Gators coach Urban Meyer has hinted in the past that if his quarterback choices were limited, he might put someone in the shotgun and run a Wildcat-style offense. Brandon James, a senior receiver and returner, could do it. Cornerback Joe Haden, also mentioned as a possibility, was a record-setting passer at Friendly High School in Maryland, but he didn't want to discuss it.

A first-hand scouting report from Gators receiver David Nelson this week?

"I don't even want to start to think about that," he said when first asked about the quarterback depth chart.

Then he tried to speculate.

"You know, [true freshman] Jordan Reed has come in [as a recruit], and maybe I guess in an emergency maybe Jordan Reed [could play]," Nelson offered. "We've been working Chas Henry a little bit. But as far as we're concerned, John Brantley's our guy and so is Tim Tebow."

Or so they hope.

Speculation is that UF could be hesitant to burn an entire year of eligibility to play Reed, who turned 19 in July, for a few plays at LSU.

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