Hey who doesn’t love Tim Tebow? If you are a Gators fan he’s arguably the GOAT. If you aren’t a Gators fan he’s probably gained your respect because he was a winner and a heck of a competitor.

That being said Tebow’s college career ended in 2009 and the Gators have been searching for his replacement since then. They’ve had blue-chip recruits, sleeper recruits, five stars, four stars, flips from Florida State and a ton of transfers.

With Will Grier announcing his intentions to transfer last week after being suspended for PED usage midway through the season it’s time to spotlight six other quarterbacks the Gators have swung and missed on during the post-Tebow era.

John Brantley (Class of 2007)

Brantley was the Gatorade National Player of the Year and a 4-star recruit. He was committed to Texas for much of his recruitment but he was a legacy with his father John Brantley III and his uncle Scot Brantley both having played at Florida.

Urban Meyer persuaded him to flip right before Christmas in 2006 despite Brantley not being a fit for the spread option at all. Brantley, who was a pocket-oriented pro-style passer with very limited mobility, said Meyer convinced him the offense would change once he got behind center. It didn’t change and Brantley spent much of the 2010 season being a square peg in a round hole and being replaced by Trey Burton and Jordan Reed in running situations.

By the end of the 2010 season Brantley was a starter in name only, generally giving way to Reed by the second quarter.

In 2011, Meyer was gone and Brantley was put in a pro-style offense under new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. Brantley had a good start to the season but suffered a high-ankle sprain against Alabama and struggled to recover.

His most notable game was a four-touchdown performance against Furman late in the season that got the Gators bowl eligible. As a starter Brantley went 15-9 and threw for over 4,000 yards with 20 touchdown and 17 interceptions. He had 30 total touchdowns and 18 interceptions in his four years at Florida.

Cam Newton (Class of 2007)

Shockingly Newton was only rated a 5-star prospect by one of the three recruiting sites at the time (Rivals.com), but the dual-threat prospect from Atlanta Westlake was expected to be the next-in-line after Tebow after he took the primary backup position from John Brantley as a freshman in 2007.

In the spring game of 2008 Newton put on a show and some wondered if he was already as good as reigning Heisman winner Tebow. However, things started to go downhill for Newton in Gainesville. He was injured early in the season and forced to take a redshirt. While recovering from injury Newton was arrested on charges of stealing a laptop. He was suspended and eventually transferred to Blinn Junior College in Texas.

He resurfaced — and how — at Auburn.

But he was thought to be a can’t-miss Gators prospect that would have eventually won a Heisman Trophy and a BCS championship before becoming a No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft in 2011 and likely NFL Most Valuable Player for the 2015 season.

Jeff Driskel (Class of 2011)

Driskel was widely considered the top quarterback in the nation. He played as a backup in 2011 before winning the starting job in 2012. He went 10-2 in his first season as a starter with 16 total touchdowns and five interceptions. Driskel was mostly a game manager but had particularly good games against Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Things went downhill for Driskel with the 2013 Sugar Bowl and continued from there. He injured his leg against Tennessee in 2013 and took a medical redshirt. In 2014, under his third offensive coordinator, Driskel struggled mightily against Alabama and never recovered.

He was benched against Tennessee in the fourth quarter giving way to Treon Harris, who rallied to give the Gators a 10-9 win over the Volunteers.

Driskel started two more games against LSU and Missouri, both losses and his disastrous performance against Missouri all but ended his time at Florida.

He transferred to Louisiana Tech in the offseason and threw for over 4,000 yards with 32 total touchdowns and eight interceptions this year. Driskel’s time at Louisiana Tech made many wonder if he was the real problem at Florida or a victim of bad coaching.

It’s my opinion that it’s a little of both. He didn’t have a consistent OC/QB coach at Florida, but he also made a lot of bad decisions with the football and struggled with the speed of the SEC defenses and the pressure to win at a major program.

Driskel’s physical tools stand out more in Conference USA and he was successful.

Jacoby Brissett (Class of 2011)

Brissett, a 4-star prospect from West Palm Beach, came in the same class as Driskel and was thought to be the preferred quarterback for Weis. Brissett started two games as a true freshman – losses against LSU and Auburn. With Weis’ departure after the 2011 season, Muschamp and new offensive coordinator Brent Pease appeared to focus more on Driskel’s development despite claiming an open quarterback competition. Brissett started a game in 2012, a 27-20 victory over Louisiana Lafayette and transferred to N.C. State soon after.

Brissett has thrown for over 5,000 yards with 50 total touchdowns and nine interceptions in two years while going 14-10 as the starter at N.C. State. Oddly enough both Brissett and Driskel will be curious prospects to NFL scouts at the combine based on their size, mobility and arm strength.

Skyler Mornhinweg (Class of 2012)

Mornhinweg started the 2013 season pretty low on the depth chart but lots of injuries found the son of former NFL head coach Marty Mornhinweg as the Gators starter in the final three games of 2013 against South Carolina, Georgia Southern and Florida State. He lost all three games and never played at Florida again, transferring to Columbia in May and starting for the Ivy League Tigers this season.

Mornhinweg, who didn’t appear to have the tools to play major college football, was mostly the choice of then-Florida OC Pease, who was a friend of Marty Mornhinweg and recruited Skyler over Paxton Lynch, who was a target of Charlie Weis.

Yes, Brent Pease chose Skyler Mornhinweg over Paxton Lynch, despite conceding that Lynch was a better prospect. On a side note Pease was recently fired as Washington’s wide receivers coach. Lynch, however, is a possible first-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Treon Harris (Class of 2014)

Harris came into Florida as a late flip from Florida State. Harris came from a winning high school football program (Miami Booker T. Washington) and when he came off the bench to lead Florida past Tennessee in 2014 he quickly became a fan favorite.

Oh how times have changed.

Harris played well as a true freshman and almost pulled an upset of undefeated Florida State before leading the Gators to a win in the Birmingham Bowl. He lost his starting job to Will Grier early in the 2015 season before Grier was suspended for PED usage.

Harris went 4-3 as a starter in 2015 despite not being a fit for Jim McElwain’s pro-style offense and not being allowed to use his mobility because of fear of being injured and further depleting Florida’s already thin depth chart at QB.

With Grier leaving and Florida adding Oregon State transfer Luke Del Rio and 4-star freshman Feleipe Franks to the spring roster, Harris’ days as a Gator could be numbered.