FOUR BITS: Olympics, Brissett, Tebow, Harvin

1 » The Florida Gators official announced on Thursday something that has been long rumored – the team will honor current and former University of Florida student-athletes that participated in the 2012 London Olympics at halftime of the team’s home game against the LSU Tigers on Saturday. Featured at the event will be swimming medalists Ryan Lochte and junior Elizabeth Beisel as well as track & field medalists Christian Taylor and Will Claye, who make up just four of the more than 20 athletes and coaches being honored at halftime.

2 » Could sophomore quarterback Jacoby Brissett be on his way out the door? It’s possible, says Dwyer High School head coach Jack Daniels, who recently spoke with the Palm Beach Post’s Matt Porter. In a series of tweets sent out Thursday, Porter notes that “Brissett is all-in this season [and has] no plans to transfer” yet also notes that West Virginia and South Florida are potential destinations. “He’s making the most of a situation he’s not happy with, but he knows that’s his team right now,” Daniels told Porter. “If he doesn’t get his chance, I’m pretty sure he’s leaving.” Brissett getting “his chance” would probably only occur if starter and classmate Jeff Driskel went down with some sort of injury or pulled a 180 and began regressing dramatically.

3 » Despite quarterback Mark Sanchez playing horribly through the first four games of the season, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is not planning to insert Tim Tebow as his starter any time soon and said as much during media availabilities this week. But while Ryan may not be ready to make a chance, team owner Woody Johnson could insist on it, especially if the Jets continue playing this poorly. NFL.com reporter Jeff Darlington wrote this week that New York must embrace the inevitability of Tebow starting, a move that could very well turn the team’s season around. Also interesting about Darlington’s piece is the opening two paragraphs, which detail the lack of support Tebow had with the Denver Broncos from the get-go.

They marched one by one through the second floor of the Denver Broncos’ training facility, each quarterback stopping first in offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s office to hear the same message that would then be echoed like a corporate line from coach John Fox.

“Stay ready,” McCoy told Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn, a story relayed by one team source and corroborated by another. “We’re not sure how long this is going to last.”

4 » Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin has already done some amazing things in his young NFL career but still managed to add another honor this week when he was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September. Harvin, whose franchise-record 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown last week undoubtedly fueled his receiving of the award, did not receive any honors last year after racking up the awards during his rookie campaign in 2009. He is currently averaging 74.75 yards on 7.5 receptions per game this season but has yet to find the end zone as a receiver or rusher.

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10 Responses to “FOUR BITS: Olympics, Brissett, Tebow, Harvin”

  1. sjkoepp says:

    I honestly hope Brissett leaves- for his own good. A player that talented shouldn’t be on the bench. He could be starting in most other places.

  2. Alex says:

    It’s gonna be such a bummer when Brissett transfers and Brock Berlin’s us.

  3. Gatorade7 says:

    Jack Daniels was talking about Brissett leaving as soon as he got here.

  4. MAR says:

    Jack Daniels is the best name in coaching. Perfect for high school. I’m sure his parents are good company.

  5. Daniel M. says:

    Classic example of a player’s former HS coach flapping his gums when he should just zip it.

  6. Gatorgrad79 says:

    If Brissett aspires to play in the NFL, I guess you can’t blame him for wanting to put himself in the best possible situation to make him a good draft prospect. If he has to go, we should support that and I believe our staff is smart enough to be prepping the next backup-to-become-starter behind Driskell.

  7. gatorboi352 says:

    After seeing what Geno Smith has been doing up in WVU, who wouldn’t want to go up there and be the next QB? I could see Brissett putting up huge numbers against those Big 12 defenses.

  8. JoshuaPrime says:

    I would love to see Brissett transfer to USF. He’s too talented to be a backup, and USF is going to need a good caliber QB when Daniels leaves.

  9. Mr2Bits says:

    While I will have no ill will if he leaves, its a lie to say he hasn’t had his chance. He was able to start games for us last year and was given more than a fair shot to win the starting gig this year and was outplayed.

  10. Real says:

    @Mr2Bits-really? Yes, Brissett played last season, but it was with limited play calling. His plays consisted of handing the ball off or throwing the deep ball. The coaches built a game plan around Driskel’s abilities. It would’ve been nice to see what Brissett could’ve done had he been given a better game plan. Jacoby will go on to be a phenomenal qb. Too bad it won’t be in orange & blue.

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