Jacoby Brissett starts for Florida
Florida coach Will Muschamp has chosen to start Jacoby Brissett at quarterback for the 17th-ranked Gators' game at No. 1 LSU on Saturday.
The decision on Saturday marks the first time in Florida history that a true freshman has taken his first college snap as the starter.
According to the The Orlando Sentinel, a source close to fellow freshman quarterback Jeff Driskel said Driskel isn't expected to dress for the game as he continues to recover from an ankle injury he suffered against Alabama.
Driskel replaced starter John Brantley against Alabama after the senior went down with a lower leg injury. Driskel finished the game completing two of his six passes for 14 yards and also rushed for 18 net yards in Florida's 38-10 loss to the Crimson Tide.
Earlier in the week, Muschamp said Driskel held the upper hand in the quarterback battle because of his experience. Brissett and redshirt freshman Tyler Murphy were both in the running, but had attempted no passes on the season to that point.
However, Driskel's ankle injury limited him during practice this week. The source told The Orlando Sentinel that Florida's coaching staff hoped Driskel would play against the Tigers, but the freshman felt pain when he planted on his sprained left ankle in practice on Wednesday.
On the season, Driskel has thrown for 73 yards and two interceptions on 7-of-16 passing.
Sources close to Florida told ESPN.com Saturday morning that there was a chance the Gators could play both quarterbacks Saturday and that Brissett could possibly start. Before the game, however, Driskel was not warming up with the offense.
According to The Orlando Sentinel report, Brissett's high school coach at West Palm Beach Gardens, Jack Daniels, said that Brissett hinted to him during the week that he could start for the 17th-ranked Gators this weekend.
"I think he's hinted to me that there's a good chance that he'll start," Daniels told The Orlando Sentinel. "But I think there's a good chance, and I think he's kind of hinted to me in subtle words that he's going to be the guy when the game starts."
Coming out of high school, Brissett was rated as a three-star prospect and the No. 25 quarterback nationally, according to ESPN recruiting services.
Edward Aschoff covers SEC football for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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