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The Gators come into this game with more uncertainty at quarterback. Jacoby Brissett became the first quarterback in Florida history to take his first snap in his first start. Brissett had a very limited package for his first start and split quarterback duties with Trey Burton and a fair share of wildcat snaps with Chris Rainey.
Brissett's first game was all right, he wasn't the reason for the loss, and certainly did not do enough to win the game. All but 29 of his 94 passing yards came on one pass to Andre Debose, who after being pushed out of bounds was left as wide open as any receiver could be. Brissett will have another week to prepare and will go from facing the second-ranked defense in the SEC to the worst.
It is obvious that Brissett is behind as far as where this offense was and where it was going with Brantley under center. Charlie Weis brought in a very thick and complex playbook, each week that Brissett and fellow freshman Jeff Driskel get in practice will allow Weis to open the playbook up a little more.
Speaking of Jeff Driskel, the early favorite last week to start against LSU, the freshman was reported to have practiced today and tested the sprained ankle that kept him out of the game against LSU.
If Driskel can practice at full strength, it is likely that he could start this week at Auburn. Driskel won the backup quarterback job this fall for a reason, and if healthy, he should start this week.
Coach Will Muschamp also stated that Gator fans can expect to see more of Trey Burton and Chris Rainey taking snaps as long as the freshmen are under center.
Head coach Gene Chizik was not happy with the way his quarterbacks performed in the loss to Arkansas, but came out today and said junior Barrett Trotter will start this week. Trotter is 79 of 141 for 976 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions.
Trotter has drawn heat from Auburn fans, and he has looked lost and out of sync in the offense. Many fans have been calling for a change at quarterback and want to see freshman Kiehl Frazier made the starter.
Trotter had an abysmal game last week going six of 19 for 81 yards and an interception. Arkansas is ranked ninth in the SEC against the pass, and is also ninth in total defense.
Struggling against one of the lesser defenses in the conference does not bode well for the junior, as he will face a much better defense this week. Florida comes into the game with the fourth-best pass defense, and is the fifth-best total defense in the SEC.
The Gators will enter the game with one of two possible quarterbacks getting the start. As of now, only Trey Burton and Chris Rainey are assured of taking snaps this week while Driskel and Brissett battle it out in practice to see who will start.
Auburn comes in with the worst pass defense in the SEC, allowing 237 yards per game. Trotter looked terrible against a bad Arkansas pass defense, and he will look worse this week against the Gators.