Muschamp Notebook: Unsettled at Quarterback

The game that was supposed to help decide the starting quarterback turned into a game focused on the run. It didn't give either quarterback a chance to showcase what they could do while throwing the ball. Jeff Driskel ran the offense in the second half and looked like he was becoming the starter, but Muschamp remained non-committal and said the staff would review the game film on Sunday.

"Both guys got us in and out in a new offense and new terminology," Will Muschamp said. "They managed our team and got us in some of the right runs in the right looks. We took the ball to the right spots. The balls were in a position to be caught. There were positives that we have to continue to go off of."

The most extensive work went to Jeff Driskel. The sophomore went 10-for-16 for 114 yards and one touchdown while adding three rushes for 24 yards. Jacoby Brissett was 3-for-5 for 31 yards.

Muschamp said throughout the week that the coaching staff would assess the situation at halftime and decide which quarterback was most effectively running the offense. Despite Brissett taking over for his first drive of the game with 8:17 left in the second quarter, he ran three drives and that was it. Driskel took over the offense in the second half, including when the game was tied late in the third quarter.

That would make it seem like he was the starter, but Muschamp still wouldn't make a commitment either way.

"We're going to discuss it Sunday. We haven't made any decisions," Muschamp said. "You can keep asking me questions, but I haven't made a decision. I felt like today's game—the flow of the game—was with Jeff. Where we were headed, that's what we needed to do. That doesn't mean we made a decision."

The flow of the game was more about getting Driskel in the game to facilitate the ground game. Muschamp wanted him in the game because of his athleticism, and the Gators could more effectively move the pocket and run bootlegs with Driskel in the game.

The game started with both quarterbacks on the field. Brissett was under center with Driskel in the slot. It was a simple handoff from Brissett to Gillislee that didn't go for any yards, but Muschamp wanted both quarterbacks to be on the field because "they both deserved to start the game."

After the play, Brissett jogged off the field and Driskel took the reps in the first quarter.

PENALTIES REMAIN: Will Muschamp and the Florida players spent the offseason talking about the improved discipline of the team and how the penalties wouldn't be as frequent in 2012. Instead, the Gators started the 2012 season with a 14-penalty game that would have been tied for the second most of any game in 2011.

"It's something we've worked on," Muschamp said. "I addressed it with the team at the end of the game. We have exhausted every measure, so we'll continue to do so."

It wasn't aggressive penalties, either. It was late hits, roughing the quarterback and offside penalties that frustrated the Florida coaching staff through the 2011 season.

"Were going to look at the tape and make some changes of guys who can't stay onside," Muschamp said.

ADJUSTING ON DEFENSE: The Florida defense spent the week preparing for a West Coast style offense that got the ball out of the Bowling Green quarterback's hands in a hurry. It's hard to judge pass rush in that situation, and Muschamp spent the week preaching patience to his defensive backs.

"The ball was a timing throwing game," Muschamp said. "The ball was out of the quarterback's hand relatively quick. It's hard to get pressure. It's tough to get pressure when the ball is out.

"It's a very frustrating deal. The ball is out quick and they're throwing in spaces."

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