Quarterback derby rides on

Florida's Will Muschamp insists the Gators still don't know who their starting QB is

Updated: September 1, 2012, 10:33 PM ET
By Michael DiRocco | GatorNation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- To most of the 84,708 people who watched Florida beat Bowling Green 27-14 on Saturday, the Gators apparently found their quarterback.

Most, not all, though, because Florida coach Will Muschamp says he's still not sure if Jeff Driskel or Jacoby Brissett should start the Gators' game at Texas A&M on Saturday.

"Haven't made that decision," Muschamp said. "We're going to discuss it Sunday. (Offensive coordinator) Brent [Pease] and I are going to sit down tomorrow.

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Kim Klement/US PresswireFlorida sophomore QB Jeff Driskel threw for 114 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown on Saturday.
"I felt like in today's game, the flow of the game was in Jeff. That doesn't mean we've made a decision."

Driskel should be the leader. The sophomore -- who was the nation's No. 1 quarterback recruit in 2011 -- played the bulk of the game and completed 10-of-16 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown. He was on the field for 52 of UF's 63 plays and directed the offense to 20 of its 27 points.

Driskel and Brissett both started the game -- Brissett at quarterback and Driskel at receiver -- but Driskel played the rest of the first quarter and into the early part of the second. He also played the entire second half, and hooked up with receiver Frankie Hammond on the Gators' biggest offensive play.

Driskel hit Hammond on a 10-yard sideline throw, and Hammond spun out of a tackle and cut inside and ran 40 more yards for a touchdown to give Florida a 10-point lead with 13:18 to play.

Brissett was the field for only 11 snaps, but the Gators did score one touchdown on Mike Gillislee's 38-yard run with 5:03 to play in the first half. Brissett finished 3-for-5 for 31 yards.

Muschamp's plan entering the game was to play one quarterback in the first quarter, the other in the second, and then make a determination at halftime about the rotation in the second half. Driskel taking every second-half snap isn't an indication that he won the job, Muschamp said. It was more about the way the game unfolded.

"I felt like the rhythm of the game dictated that we were going to need some pocket movement as far as some boots (bootlegs) and nakeds (naked bootlegs) and moving the pocket and I felt like that Jeff gave us better opportunities," Muschamp said.

But if the Gators needed to have a more mobile quarterback because of the offensive line's trouble with Bowling Green's defensive front, won't that be the case at Texas A&M? Shouldn't that mean that Driskel, who is more mobile and a better runner than Brissett, is the starter?

"I'm not worried about that right now," Driskel said. "The goal was to get a win and that's what we came out with. We were worried about Game One and that's it, so we're happy with the win."

Muschamp has spent the past several weeks talking about being fair to Driskel and Brissett, saying they both deserved to play and both deserved to start. Muschamp was so concerned with that fairness that he rigged the first play for both players could start. But it's clear that Brissett didn't get an equal opportunity to state his case to be the starter on Saturday.

That might mean another competition this week for the two.

"We'll evaluate the film," Muschamp said. "Brent and I will talk Sunday and we'll move from there."

Driskel said he's not worried about whether he stated his case to be the starter, either, because he knows he left some plays on the field.

"There was definitely a couple plays I could have hit," he said. "I threw one behind Trey [Burton] on third down. I would have liked to have that one back. I would have liked to have thrown the ball on a drag (route) instead of running with it. There was a couple plays I would have liked to have back, but I think I played alright. Played (well) enough to win."

Maybe enough to start, too. He'll just have to wait a few more days to find out.

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