Quarterbacks Will Each Work One Quarter

Florida head coach Will Muschamp announced last Friday that both of his sophomore quarterbacks would see playing time during the team's first game against Bowling Green. On Monday, Muschamp confirmed that one quarterback will play the first quarter while the other takes charge of the second quarter. He is working his offensive coordinator Brent Pease to iron out the details.

Whether Jacoby Brissett or Jeff Driskel takes the first snap for Florida in Saturday's season opener, both will be given a chance to prove that they deserve the starting job. Will Muschamp said Monday morning that the coaches haven't decided which quarterback will run the offense for the first quarter. When it comes to a close, the other quarterback will run the offense for the second quarter.

At halftime, Muschamp and Brent Pease will "evaluate" the situation, although Muschamp wouldn't say what they would be evaluating or how they would decide how reps were split in the second half.

"We have not made that decision yet," he said.

Driskel was cleared for contact on Sunday, and even if he doesn't experience contact in practice this week, it was an important hurdle to cross in getting him ready to play on Saturday.

Muschamp isn't sure whether or not Saturday will provide a clear answer at the quarterback position going forward. He said last week that the next step for the quarterbacks is seeing how they handle game situations after both put up similar statistics throughout fall camp.

"Both guys are good players," Muschamp said. "I'm not overly concerned with the quarterback position and the talent level we have there. We've got good players. We have great competition of guys that all deserve to start and all deserve to play."

INJURY REPORT: Offensive tackles Matt Patchan (pectoral) and Tommy Jordan (shoulder) will both miss Saturday's game. BUCK linebacker Ronald Powell (ACL), defensive end Kedric Johnson (knee), defensive tackle Nick Alajajian (knee) and Colin Thompson (foot) will also be held out of the game.

SAM linebacker Neiron Ball has been dealing with an ankle injury, but he will play through it on Saturday.

Muschamp also said that sophomore safety De'Ante Saunders will miss the game because of a hamstring injury.

"He will sit the first two games," Muschamp said. "He's got a hamstring and probably wouldn't be able to go the first game anyway."

LOOKING AT Bowling Green: Muschamp was complimentary of the Bowling Green team coming to Gainesville on Saturday. He noted that head coach Dave Clawson's staff has been together running the program for four years.

Quarterback Matt Schilz leads the offense as a third-year starter under center. He is coming off a big junior season that saw him throw for 3,024 yards, 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. It was a big leap from the 2,223 yards, eight touchdowns and 14 interceptions that Schilz posted in 2010.

The skill positions returns some key players from last year.

"They've got all of their backs back from a year ago," Muschamp said. "They've only got one returning receivers, but they're an offense that will spread the field and create some issues for you. You've got to win outside. You've got to win with pass rush."

Players and coaches have all said the key to the weekend is getting back on the field again in front of Florida fans. The last time that happened in The Swamp was in an offensively challenged loss to Florida State.

"We're looking forward to getting in front of our fans again in our stadium," Muschamp said. "The last time we played in our stadium, we didn't coach or play very well. We're looking forward to competing and playing well."

That isn't the only game driving Muschamp and the players. They're using last year's disappointed 7-6 record to push them through the 2012 season. It was talked about a lot in the offseason inside the weight room and football offices, and that's the way Muschamp wants it to be.

He doesn't want his team to forget about it.

"You never put last season behind you," Muschamp said. "You've got to learn from it and move forward to let it motivate you. That's what we've done as a staff and a team. I'm really pleased with where our football team is at this time."

The offense took most of the blame for the 2011 season, but Muschamp isn't letting the defense off the hook. After talking about the excitement of playing in front of the home fans again, he mentioned improving the Florida defense after its up-and-down 2011 season.

"We have a lot of things to prove from last year defensively based on last year's inconsistent performances," Muschamp said.


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