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Florida wideout excited to play with a "real quarterback"

Deonte Thompson is ready to step up with Brantley at the helm. Joe Fortenbaugh

Print This March 23, 2010, 07:44 AM EST

Tim Tebow’s departure for the NFL hasn’t left everyone in Gainesville in mourning.

While most of Gator Nation is still trying to get over the loss of one of the university’s most popular and successful players, wide receiver Deonte Thompson is more than happy to be moving forward.

“You never know with Tim,” Thompson told the Orlando Sentinel. “You can bolt, you think he’s running but he’ll come up and pass it to you. You just have to be ready at all times. With Brantley, everything’s with rhythm, time. You know what I mean, a real quarterback.”

The “real quarterback” Thompson is referring to is the 6’3”, 217-pound John Brantley, who has attempted just 76 passes in his collegiate career.

Apparently, Thompson wasn’t too thrilled to be playing in the same offense as Tebow. That, or he just wasn’t happy with his role on the team.

In two seasons with the Gators, Thompson has caught just 42 passes for 612 yards and seven touchdowns. Not exactly the type of production many expected from one of the country’s top prep players.

Whether or not the wideout from Belle Grade, Fla. becomes more of an impact player with Brantley running the show remains to be seen.

What is already known is that Thompson currently has a BCS Championship ring on his resume, thanks in large part to Tebow.

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