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Florida Football: Will Muschamp Smart to Use Opener as a QB Audition

Florida QB Jacoby Brissett
Florida QB Jacoby BrissettScott Halleran/Getty Images
Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterAugust 24, 2012

That pesky Florida quarterback battle just won't end.

Sophomores Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel have been battling for the top spot on the depth chart ever since the clock struck zero on Florida's win over Ohio State in the 2012 Gator Bowl.

We are one week before toe meets leather for the 2012 season, so head coach Will Muschamp is on the brink of naming a winner in the battle, right?

Wrong.

According to Mark Long of the Associated Press, the Gators will employ a two-quarterback system in their opener vs. Bowling Green on Sept. 1.

Muschamp says both QBs will play in opener

— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) August 24, 2012

Muschamp adds that one player could establish himself as the leader during the game.

Muschamp on QBs: "Both guys deserve the opportunity to play." Adds that one could separate in games. #Gators

— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) August 24, 2012

Usually, I'm not a fan of two-quarterback systems. But in Florida's case, it's the smart move for Muschamp.

If there is no clear separation between the two, using the opener against Bowling Green as an audition is the right thing to do.

Brissett probably has a slight upper hand considering Driskel has not been cleared for contact after his shoulder injury from last weekend, but the two have gone a long way to calm the fears of Gator Nation with their play during the spring.

Since it's too close to call, throw them into the mix in a game that counts and see how each of them handles it. It's not likely that either will do something that would put the win in doubt, but if one does, the quarterback issue is solved.

Alabama did this last season with AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims in its opener with Kent State. McCarron outplayed Sims on that day, and then went on the road and beat Penn State the next week in a game in which Sims didn't see the field.

That's not to say that Florida will win the BCS National Championship and the eventual winner of the Florida quarterback battle will be awarded the BCS Championship Game Offensive MVP like McCarron was last season. That's too much to ask.

But if you're going to let them battle all of fall camp and have first-team snaps taken away from the eventual winner for this long, why not extend it into the season?

Plus, since Driskel is more of a dual threat and Brissett is a traditional drop-back passer, both will probably have packages installed into the game plan every week regardless of who wins the battle for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart.

At least this way, Muschamp has all of the information possible before making the decision.

 

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