Florida Football: Gator QB Battle Isn't Something to Worry About
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It's a cliche that often pops up this time of year, and usually, it's accurate.
"When you have two quarterbacks, you don't have any quarterbacks."
In Florida's case in 2012, it's not.
Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel exited spring practice locked in a two-man battle to become the Gators' top signal-caller in 2012. Since the start of fall camp, neither player has separated himself from the pack.
"I'd like to be a little more settled, you know,” head coach Will Muschamp told the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun. “Again, my confidence level is overly high in both guys. I'd just like to settle in where we are as far as that's concerned."
That's a slight departure from Muschamp's quotes from SEC Media Days here:
"I would like to name a starter before the season, but I'm not going to put a timetable on that," he said. "If we need to play both of them, that's what we're going to do. We're going to do what we need to do to win football games."
So is the lack of a true leader in the clubhouse something to worry about?
Brissett and Driskel both showed that they can stretch the field during spring practice. The two combined for six passing plays of more than 20 yards in the spring game against a very talented Gators defense.
Who will be Florida's primary QB in 2012?
I know, I know...friends don't let friends talk about practice stats. But last season, Florida only had 35 passing plays of more than 20 yards all season, an average of 2.92 per game. That's quite an improvement.
On Saturday, the Gators posted 11 explosive plays according to the Florida Times-Union. Information is limited out of Gainesville under Muschamp, but he defines "explosive plays" as running plays of 10 or more yards and passing plays of 20 or more yards.
You have to assume that some of those were through the air, considering he commented on them after the practice.
"Both quarterbacks were pretty evenly split through those explosive plays and how they played," Muschamp told the Times-Union.
Both quarterbacks are able to stretch the field and keep defenses honest, and that should help Mike Gillislee and the Florida running backs.
Either quarterback can handle the responsibility, and as the esteemed Thomas Goldkamp of 247Sports.com pointed out on Twitter, Muschamp has time to make the decision.
#Gators will host an open scrimmage on Sept. 1. I promise to report which quarterbacks throw interceptions and touchdowns.— Thomas Goldkamp (@Goldkamp247) August 14, 2012
The Gators host Bowling Green at the Swamp in a game that counts on Sept. 1.
Shortly after publishing this story, news crept out of Gainsville that Driskel suffered an injury to his non-throwing shoulder.
According to a source close to the UF football team, Jeff Driskel sustained a significant shoulder injury in practice today. Left shoulder.— Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) August 14, 2012
Now, there's something to worry about.
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