GAINESVILLE (AP) - Florida quarterback John Brantley and several teammates applauded coach Urban Meyer's outburst Friday, saying it's nice to see him come to receiver Deonte Thompson's defense.
"Coach has our back," Brantley said. "That's what you want to see out of your coaches. We trust our coaches and they trust us, and that's what we want to see."
Meyer lashed out at a reporter Wednesday, calling him a "bad guy" for publishing a quote from Thompson about Brantley and former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.
When asked what the difference was between Brantley and Tebow, Thompson called Brantley a "real quarterback." Anyone listening knew Thompson meant Brantley was a more traditional, conventional or prototypical passer than Tebow.
Thompson's quote spread across the country thanks to Twitter and the Internet, and the receiver was crushed when friends and teammates asked him why he ripped Tebow.
He expressed his frustration to Meyer, who responded following spring practice Wednesday. Meyer had harsh words for Orlando Sentinel reporter Jeremy Fowler during a brief exchange in front of cameras, colleagues and some fans.