Gators in the market for another young QB?

By Adam Silverstein
January 20, 2012

The Florida Gators may have three quarterbacks already on their 2012 roster, but new offensive coordinator Brent Pease is in search of one more to add to the fold.

In addition to soon-to-be sophomores Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel, both of whom will compete for the starting job beginning in spring practice, and redshirt sophomore backup Tyler Murphy, Florida has reached out to a pair of 2012 signal callers who may be interested in joining to the program this year.


The Gators could be considered the furthest along with Paxton Lynch (Deltona, FL), an unranked quarterback out of Trinity Christian Academy who missed the first half of his senior season with a knee injury but made a splash at the Central Florida All-Star Game where he threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for another score and earned the contest’s Most Valuable Player award.

Currently uncommitted, Lynch is drawing interest from Central Florida, Indiana, South Florida and Temple according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal. A potential offer from Florida would easily be his most prominent.

His father David Lynch told the Palm Beach Post Thursday that the Gators have recently reached out to his son and are beginning to show interest in him once again.

“They were on board with him early, but Charlie Weis always said they weren’t going to take a quarterback this year,” he told the paper. “They were upfront about that. Charlie Weis left and then Pease called the house right away and said, ‘We want to take a quarterback. Let’s get him up here for a visit.’”

At 6’6” and 225 lbs., Lynch stands tall and tough in the pocket, has a strong arm and could be a diamond in the rough for any FBS school that chooses to take a chance on him. He would not be competing for the starting job at UF right away and could spend multiple years developing in Pease’s system as a backup.

Florida has not given Lynch a committable offer yet, and Pease is certainly not putting all of his eggs in that basket as he is also in contact with 6’3″ 215 lbs. three-star Skyler Mornhinweg (Philadelphia, PA).

A Penn State commit and the son of Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, he has reportedly been wavering in his pledge as of late and has reportedly softened in his commitment to play in Happy Valley, PA.

Pease and the older Mornhinweg know each other from their time at Montana. Mornhinweg was a four-year starter who set 15 passing records at the school and graduated in 1985, the same year that Pease transferred to the program and sat out a season before starting as a senior in 1986.

The player told Penn State last month that he was still solid in his pledge and went up for his official visit Jan. 13-15, according to Rivals.com. However, he is still planning to take the rest of his officials before coming to a final decision about his future.

UPDATE: Mornhinweg is visiting UF this weekend.

Whether or not the Gators end up with four quarterbacks on their roster after National Signing Day on Feb. 1 remains to be seen, but Florida is most certainly exploring their options before all of the team’s remaining scholarships are snatched up.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Paxton Lynch | Skyler Mornhinweg

Photo Credits: The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Montgomery News

14 Comments

  1. mark says:

    Good. One QB a class should be a must

  2. Alex says:

    I don’t like QBs who wear #12 and aren’t Chris Leak

  3. Oldflyer says:

    I am sure that Tom Brady is devastated.

  4. Joe says:

    If we take a qb this year, Murphy will never ever see the field

  5. Daniel M. says:

    It makes me curious why he isn’t drawing interest? Is it the small school factor?

    I watched his entire highlight video. Aside from the horrible video quality, likely done by his mom, it was pretty impressive.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyVnPBcte0c
    I’d like to hear what you guys think, especially criticisms.

    He does have a very quick release. He also sees the field very well. Dude is fast.

    On the other hand, his footwork could use improvement. He looked Manning-esque in some of those clips. But that didn’t turn out too bad for happy feet.

    Overall, his vision and quick release are potentially a deadly combination. Sign him up

  6. Bob Beatty says:

    Alex:

    Kerwin Bell was more than a fair #12 for the Gators–particularly when he had all that NFL talent on the 84 & 85 teams. And Terry Dean won an SEC title and a Sugar Bowl. Come to think of it Bob Hewko wasn’t all that bad either.

  7. aziatic41 says:

    Paxton Lynch looks like he has the tools to develop into a beast at quarterback. He has great size to not only stand in the pocket and deliver throws but also run the ball on short yardage and goal line situations. He’s very mobile and has a strong arm. I also like that he plays with an aggressive attitude, as evident with the superman touchdown dance in the endzone in the video clip. I think Muschamp should sign this kid, redshirt him a year and develop him slowly along the way. He could be a huge steal in this class.

    On the other hand I wasn’t impressed with the video footage of Skyler Mornhinweg. He looks very small and slow and has a weak arm. I don’t think he’s an SEC-caliber player..

  8. BKP says:

    I’m not impressed by the Morningweg kid at all. His highlights are very elementary to me as nothing stood out. The Lynch kid appears to have a great arm and with the right footwork he could be special. Quick release, good reads, mobile, can see the entire field, and good instincts. I say sign him asap and redshirt him!

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