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SEC QB updates: Brissett to start for Florida

Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:45 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Maybe Jeff Driskel is healthy and maybe he's not. But in any case, it hasn't changed the Florida Gators' outlook at quarterback.

For the second straight week, true freshman and early-season third-stringer Jacoby Brissett will get the start under center for the Gators. Fellow true freshman Driskel had been injured starter John Brantley's backup at the season's start, but an ankle injury ruled him out of last week's game against LSU, handing Brissett his first career start.

Driskel has since received a clean bill of health according to the Gator coaches, who declared this week an open competition between the two for the starting job. But it apparently wasn't enough to unseat Brissett, who entered the week as the favorite.

The Gators will be looking to avoid a three-game SEC losing streak when they visit Auburn Saturday. Brissett went an ineffective 8-of-14 with two interceptions against LSU, but may be able to make strides against a much softer Tiger defense than the one he faced last week.

The Gators are far from the only SEC team with questions to answer at quarterback this week. Running down the latest in the league's other QB controversies and decisions:

AUBURN: Barrett Trotter is the starter and Kiehl Frazier is the change-of-pace, but Gus Malzahn said in no uncertain terms this week that in the event of an injury to Trotter, Clint Moseley would take the reins of the offense rather than the true freshman Frazier. "Clint Moseley is No. 2," Malzahn said.

MISSISSIPPI STATE: Dan Mullen has not yet named a starter between Chris Relf and Tyler Russell and is unlikely to before the Bulldogs' meeting with South Carolina. Speaking of which ...

SOUTH CAROLINA: Following Stephen Garcia's dismissal, Connor Shaw is the Gamecocks' unquestioned starter. But there is still no word on which of several players would replace Shaw in the event of an injury, none of which have more than barest minimum of experience. Shaw will need to stay healthy.

VANDERBILT: Jordan Rodgers (yes, Aaron Rodgers' younger brother) has taken most of the first-team snaps in practice this week after relieving the injured Larry Smith against Alabama last week. But James Franklin would not commit to Rodgers getting the nod against Georgia, saying that if healthy and performing well, Smith would remain his first-choice QB. Rodgers reportedly looked sharp in his practice opportunities.

Comments

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 1:45 pm
 

SEC QB updates: Brissett to start for Florida

It's a rebuild year for Florida, no doubt.  Brantley was gone next year anyway.  There's no time like now for someone to start learning on the job.  If you are going to make someone a starter, you might as well expect them to make mistakes and learn as they go.  Auburn ius definitely not LSU or Alabama, so Florida's toughest tests of the year are out of the way.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:57 pm
 

SEC QB updates: Brissett to start for Florida

Hey, this is great.

First time Coaches Muschamp, Mullen, Franklin must make these type of decisions.  The ones who choose wisely will be around for the long run.

Slightly off topic ... and with an established coach ... but Edsall is new to Maryland ... O'Brien or Brown.  Seems like Brown fits better into OC Crowton's system.  Important for the Head Coach to pick the right guy.


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