Announcing Monday that sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel (shoulder) has been cleared to play for Saturday’s season opener against the Bowling Green Falcons, Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp also laid out part of his plan for rotating his signal callers throughout the game.
Muschamp said Monday that one quarterback – either Driskel or fellow sophomore QB Jacoby Brissett – will play the entire first quarter with the other one taking over when the second quarter begins.
However, what will happen from there is currently unknown as Muschamp said he and offensive coordinator Brent Pease will meet at halftime to determine how the snaps will be split in the second half of the ballgame.
“As I’ve stated before, both quarterbacks will play in the game,” he explained. “Brent and I right now plan to play one in the first quarter – we have not made that decision yet – and another in the second quarter. And then through halftime make a decision as we go forward.”
Muschamp will not decide on the first quarter starter until later in the week but does not believe that the choice will ultimately matter in the long run.
“I think both guys are good players,” he said. “Again – I’ve said it before – I’m not overly concerned with the quarterback position and the talent level that we have there. We’ve got good players.”
Whether Driskel or Brissett are on the field, Muschamp expects each to perform to the level he has seen in practice and is confident that they can do what is necessary to help the team succeed. He also outlined what he wants to see from both signal callers.
“Win. Play well. Take care of the ball. Score points. Move our football team. Get us in and out of the huddle. Just manage our team and not in a conservative manner. Let’s get the ball moving,” he said.
How well each players accomplishes those goals may help determine who takes the snaps in all four quarters going forward this season.
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