No Movement at QB Despite Driskel Injury

Jacoby Brissett saw more time and reps at quarterback in the last week while Jeff Driskel dealt with his shoulder injury, but Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease doesn't think that gives him an advantage. The two sophomores continue to battle for the starting job as the Gators will hold their second scrimmage of the fall Friday afternoon. Pease doesn't see a leader at this point in the race.

"It has been up and down," Brent Pease said on Friday morning. "I think the thing I've seen from both of them is that they both have gotten better in all aspects of their game, and that's the main thing. If they can get better to where they both can manage and make plays, then that's really what we're striving for."

Jacoby Brissett had that opportunity in the past week while Jeff Driskel sat out with a contusion of the scapula of his non-throwing shoulder. The injury happened on Sunday when Pease and head coach Will Muschamp decided to take the red, non-contact jerseys off the quarterbacks to have them feel the pressure of a pass rush.

It ended with Driskel going down.

"I learned that it's how they get a feel of being in the pocket a little bit more," Pease said of the experiment. "They really were the ones that were asking it more so than myself or anything. You got to get it to where there is a little bit more pressure around them so you can kind of see how they react to some things. It's good that you do that and down the road we would always continue to do that. "

With Driskel on the sideline, Brissett took an increased amount of reps with the first team offense. While the competition to be the starter remains up in the air, Pease was happy with how Brissett took advantage of the opportunity.

"He got more reps while Jeff was one day out," Pease said. "When you get more reps, you know it's going to make you better naturally because you're seeing more things. I don't know if he gained any but he got more reps with it."

Brissett and Driskel both came to Gainesville as highly recruited quarterbacks with offers to play at multiple other top D1 schools in the country. Senior quarterback John Brantley was back for the 2011 season, giving the two a prime opportunity to learn the offense before fighting for the job when they were sophomores.

That planned changed in the fifth game of the season when Brantley went down with an injury. It forced the two quarterbacks into action, and neither took control of the job. Brissett threw for 206 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions while completing 46.2% of his passes. Driskel threw for 148 yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions and completed 47.1% of his passes.

Despite the similar play for the quarterback so far in camp and as freshmen in 2011, Pease doesn't think he'll struggle to make a choice for a starter.

"I don't think it's gonna be that tough, and I say that because I think they're both capable," Pease said.

Muschamp and Pease have spent time talking about the decision without many answers to far. In the end, they'll both have feedback and a feeling of who the quarterback of the team will be. Pease admitted that it's "probably a little bit more of a 51-49 (Muschamp's) decision."

"He's the head coach," he said with a smile.

The players have been indifferent to the coaching staff. Pease said the players haven't been vocal to him or the coaching staff about which quarterback they would prefer to win the job. He was pleased with the maturity of the team that wants the quarterback best equipped for the job to win it.

"This isn't a buddy contest here," Pease said. "There's nothing to speak on that. They understand this is about the team."

It has been a different training camp for Pease and his quarterbacks. The last three years at Boise State, he had a returning starter in Kellen Moore back under center. After Moore won the job, they didn't push him much early in fall camps.

The Boise State coaching staff knew that their signal caller understood the offense well and didn't need extra time making the calls. They used that time to develop depth and get the younger players some playing time.

They haven't had that luxury in Gainesville this fall.

"With these guys, it has been more invest the reps in both of them," Pease said.


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