Spring practice is over with at Florida and the quarterback battle between sophomores Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel is still undecided.
Not the best position to be in heading into training camp this fall, but Will Muschamp is thinking positively about the quarterback battle:
“Both of those guys, as I said last year, unfortunately played for us,” Muschamp said. “Right now, fortunately they play for us. They’ve got some game-time experience, they understand what it takes to be successful. Both have God-given ability. They’re talented.”
Muschamp and new offensive coordinator Brent Pease tried to give them even snaps in practice with the hope that one would emerge as the leader.
Brissett had the advantage heading into spring after passing Driskel on the depth chart and starting two games last season. Brissett was happy with his performance in the spring game, passing for 233 yards and two touchdowns.
But Driskel, who passed for 147 yards and ran for a score in his Florida’s Orange and Blue Debut,is getting more comfortable playing in a pro-style offense after running the spread in high school.
The consensus after spring practice is that Driskel is the better athlete. He’s a scrambler, he’s bigger (by an inch and 3 pounds), faster and more agile. But Brissett is the more polished passer. He has better pocket presence and more of the moxie needed to play quarterback.
But with little to choose between them, Muschamp and Pease are going to have to make a tough decision this fall as Florida needs one starting QB, not two, heading into the season.
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