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Billy Donovan would let Jacoby Brissett play

Posted on: February 11, 2011 4:01 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2011 6:04 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

Jacoby Brissett's recruitment lasted five days past signing day, trying to decide between Miami and Florida.  The talented in-state quarterback could have been distracted from his decision because of his focus on the Palm Beach Garden Dwyer basketball team.  In addition to being one of the top-rated dual-threat quarterbacks in college football, Brissett is also a standout on the hardwood.  Since his commitment to the Gators, people have speculated as to whether Brissett would join the Florida basketball team at the conclusion of football season.  Head coach Billy Donovan recently weighed in on the issue for the Orlando Sentinel.
Donovan said Brissett can help the Gators, but the length of the seasons makes it difficult. Basketball starts workouts in September and practice in October, while the football team is still playing its schedule. Assuming the Gators make a January bowl game, Brissett couldn’t join the basketball team until some time during SEC play.
Donovan went on to describe the difficulties of jumping right in with no knowledge of details such as inbounds plays and elaborate pressure schemes.  However, a player of Brissett's talent is usually worth giving it a run -- at least for the extra body come tournament time.

Below is the video of Donovan answering the Brissett question, courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel.

 

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