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Brantley still out as UF QB, Brissett to start?

Posted on: October 10, 2011 2:07 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Will Muschamp spelled out his Florida current quarterbacking depth chart Monday, and it sounds an awful lot like the one his Gators employed Saturday against LSU.

Per Muschamp, the high ankle sprain suffered against Alabama will once again keep starting senior QB John Brantley on the sidelines this Saturday. True freshman Jacoby Brissett, having gotten the start against LSU, will enter the Gators' week of preparation for his team's trip to Auburn as the Gators' current No. 1 quarterback.

But that doesn't mean Brissett (pictured) is a lock to start by any means. Muschamp said that determination would be made after the Gators Tuesday practice, potentially depending on the health of fellow true freshman Jeff Driskel's injured ankle. Muschamp said Driskel's availability would be determined throughout the week.

Driskel was expected to start in Baton Rouge until apparently becoming a late scratch with the ankle issue. That put Brissett under center, where he went a discouraging 8-of-14 for less than 100 yards and two interceptions.

The encouraging thing for the young Gator quarterbacks is that even on the road, Auburn's defense promises to make for a far more welcoming environment than LSU's. the Bayou Bengals rank sixth in the country in opponent's yards-per-attempt and quarterback rating, Auburn 64th and 74th in those same categories.

But whatever the Tigers' defensive limitations, Brissett remains a true freshman third-stringer, and Driskel has sturggled against whatever teams he's taken snaps against thus far in 2011. If the pair of them don't take major strides this week, the Gators could be staring at a three-game losing streak.

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Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:35 am

Brantley still out as UF QB, Brissett to start?

With or without Brantley i still hope the Gaytors lose every game they play.Lord knows we cant beat them so maybe everybody else can.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:29 pm

Brantley still out as UF QB, Brissett to start?

I agree with RobGator and HawaiiGator. The key, to me,  is can they stop the run? Based on the last two weeks I do not think that is likely to happen. That would lead to a high scoring contest and necessitate freeing Demps (if fit), Debose and Rainey on some long gainers. Hope blooms eternal. This is a must win to salvage a decent season. Go Gators

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: October 10, 2011 11:59 pm

Brantley still out as UF QB, Brissett to start?

The offensive genius of Weiss is yet to be seen...The running plays for Demps and Rainey in the last two games reminded me of a sweeping Pop Warner team. And then the dive play were meant for a full back not world class sprinters. We need to give Demps, Rainey, and Burton the ball in the open field. However if the offensive line doesnt want to block for the arrogant Weiss it really doesnt matter who plays QB. Brissett did look much more comfortable thatn Driskell even though he showed up late in the spring.

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: October 10, 2011 11:49 pm

Brantley still out as UF QB, Brissett to start?

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 9:43 pm

Brantley still out as UF QB, Brissett to start?

Excellent point!!!!!!!!

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 4:26 pm

Brantley still out as UF QB, Brissett to start?

Hopefully whoever the starting quarterback is won't have to waste snaps as a wide out while Burton toils in the "Wild Gator".  That gimmick just doesn't work against quality teams (maybe it will against AU's D).  Every snap wasted w/Burton at QB delays the development/rythm of which quarterback is named the starter.

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