Florida Gators Football: Will Muschamp Names Jeff Driskel Starting QB

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2012

Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp has named sophomore Jeff Driskel as the team's starting quarterback heading into Saturday's matchup with Texas A&M, according to Mark Long of the Associated Press.

Driskel completed 10 of his 16 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown in the Gators' season-opening win over Bowling Green this past weekend in Gainesville.

He also carried the ball three times for 24 yards, averaging an impressive eight yards per run from under center.

That dual-threat presence is reportedly what gave Driskel the edge in winning the starting job, according to Muschamp via Long's report.

Here are Muschamp's thoughts on the decision (via Long): "It will be Jeff's game to play. I told him I don't want you looking over your shoulder, but you've got to play well."

The 6'4", 235-pound Driskel has little college experience. He played sparingly as a freshman in 2011, completing just 16 of his 34 passes for 148 yards and two interceptions in five games.

He has been competing for the starting job with fellow sophomore Jacoby Brissett since late last season, when senior John Brantley went down with an injury against Alabama in October.

Brissett is another 6'4" prospect with loads of potential, but he only got to play a few snaps in Florida's opener this past weekend, going 3-of-5 for 31 yards before being taken out of the game completely. 

You can watch Driskel lead No. 23 Florida against Texas A&M on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.


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