Tuesday, August 28, 2012
UF QB rotation likely just for first game
By Edward Aschoff
Florida coach Will Muschamp announced on Monday that sophomore quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel will rotate by quarters in the first half of the season opener against Bowling Green.
That rotation is expected to end after halftime, and first-year offensive coordinator Brent Pease has indicated that it might not carry over to the second week.
"It depends how they play, I guess, and what they create," Pease said Tuesday.
A two-quarterback system can work when both quarterbacks bring different attributes to the game, but Muschamp has said that both Brissett and Driskel are very similar in what they can do in the Gators' offense. However, Driskel was more of a dual-threat option in high school.
While Muschamp has said his team could win with either quarterback, winning with both might be too hard. Quarterbacks have to develop rhythm on the field and with all the moving parts around them. It's hard to do that when you have two players trying to do the same thing. Now, Florida has been down this road before (see Steve Spurrier's days as head coach) but it probably won't be sustainable for this Gators team, and Pease made that clear Tuesday.
The first quarterback to take snaps Saturday will certainly set Twitter ablaze, but it's the one who takes the first snap in the third quarter that could be in charge of Florida's offense for the long haul.