Both Quarterbacks Will Play in Opener

Florida's game week preparation for the season opener against Bowling Green started on Thursday, and it happened with quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel heavily involved in the offense. Head coach Will Muschamp announced on Friday morning that both quarterbacks will play in the season opener on September 1 after earning time on the field during fall camp.

"Both guys will play in the first game," Will Muschamp said on Friday. "How we will manage that will still be something we go through this week. They both deserve the right to play. They've earned that. They both deserve the right to start."

Muschamp and first-year offensive coordinator Brent Pease are still working to find ways to most effectively split time between the quarterbacks. He was unsure if they would switch after each drive, each quarter or a different setup after they two were "very even" through fall camp.

Muschamp met with both quarterbacks on Friday morning to inform them of the game plan going forward. He said they both handled the decision the correct way and realize how even the play has been. His message to the quarterbacks was for both to be ready to play and that he trusted both of them.

"The last position I'm worried about is quarterback," Muschamp told both quarterbacks.

Every practice is charted, and Muschamp estimated both quarterback completing around 62-63% of their passes so far. They're similar in throwing ability and talent, allowing the offense to run similar schemes when either quarterback is in the game. The next step is seeing how they handle game day after both were up and down in games during the 2011 season.

"As we work into competition on game day, we'll see if there's some separation," Muschamp said. "That's the next step. Both guys deserve the opportunity to play. I know that."

The only thing that could change both quarterbacks seeing the field is injury. Sophomore Jeff Driskel has been a non-contact participant in practice with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. He hasn't been cleared for contact but will be reevaluated on Monday. If he isn't cleared for the season opener, Muschamp admitted that would change the plan.

Muschamp has said since speaking to Gator clubs in the spring that he wasn't afraid to play both quarterbacks if neither stood out. On Friday, he noted that it "didn't seem to effect LSU last year" while playing for a national championship with two quarterbacks.

It did create controversy in Baton Rouge throughout the season. Muschamp knows that fans could prefer one quarterback over the other before the season or after watching the first game. He isn't worried about the pressure that goes along with that.

"It is what it is right now," Muschamp said. "We can win with both guys. We function on offense, regardless of who that guy is, very well. It's a compliment to both guys because they have a similar skill set and are accomplished in what they're doing. Our guys have great confidence in both guys. That's what I've seen.

"Those guys understand what it is to be the quarterback at Florida. They get it. They're mature. At the end of the day, you're going to be judged on your performance and how you play."

INJURY REPORT: Matt Patchan will "probably" miss the first game with a pectoral injury he suffered at practice on August 18. D.J. Humphries could play and is expected to make a quick return to practice on Tuesday or Wednesday after an MCL injury last week.

Jeremy Brown will have his wrist looked at by doctors on August 28. Tommy Jordan is dealing with a shoulder injury, but it's unclear how much time he will miss. Pop Saunders pulled his hamstring on Thursday.

Muschamp said Ronald Powell is starting one of the final parts of his rehab that works on cutting and changing direction. There is still no timetable for his return.

He also confirmed that no players will miss the season opener with anything other than an injury.

WALK ONS GET NOTICED: Muschamp announced on Friday that walk ons Tim Clark, Cole Gilliam and Scott Peek have all been awarded scholarships for this season.

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