Last week, it was announced that Florida would employ a two-quarterback system vs. Bowling Green in the Gators' opener on Sept. 1.
When that news was released, I explained how much I liked head coach Will Muschamp using the opener as a quarterback audition for sophomores Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett.
On Monday, the particulars of that rotation came into focus.
According to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com, one quarterback will play in the first quarter, the other in the second quarter, and then Muschamp will make a decision on the second half at halftime.
Muschamp says one QB will play in 1st Q, another in 2nd Q. Then will determine rotation in second half. They don't know which QB will start.— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) August 27, 2012
I liked the rotation last week; I love it now.
The set rotation in the first half puts pressure on each of them, knowing that they might have only one quarter to win the job.
That's what the purpose of the game should be—determining how each player handles the new offense in high-pressure situations.
As a team, there shouldn't be a whole lot of pressure on the Gators. They should be able to pull away from Bowling Green with relative ease no matter who's taking the snaps.
This rotation provides the opportunity for the Gator coaching staff to act as if it's a late-game situation for each player and then judge them based on their results, composure and leadership abilities.
I usually don't like two-quarterback systems, but the Gators have a built-in live scrimmage as their opening game. Since they have it, they might as well use it.
With this quarterback rotation, Muschamp is using it to his utmost advantage.