FOUR BITS: Playoff, Brissett, Tebow, Webb

By Adam Silverstein
July 2, 2014

1 » college football columnist Bruce Feldman believes the Florida Gators face the third-toughest road to the 2014 College Football Playoff, only behind Arkansas and California. With Alabama, LSU, Missouri, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida State on the schedule – plus a rebuilding Tennessee and improving Kentucky along with a Vanderbilt team that snapped its 22-year losing streak to UF – Feldman believes the Gators will wind up facing up to five top 15 opponents by the time the regular season has concluded. As a means of comparison, the Razorbacks will take on Auburn, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Alabama, Georgia, Missouri and LSU with games against Ole Miss and Mississippi State peppered in there as well.

2 » When the 2014 season kicks off in August, a total of three quarterbacks that have started a game for UF in the last two years will begin the campaign under center; two will do so for new teams. Redshirt junior Jeff Driskel will lead Florida into battle while Jacoby Brissett takes over at N.C. State after a year off due to NCAA transfer rules and Tyler Murphy moves into the starting role for Boston College. Brissett, who threw for 365 yards in his spring game, told the Associated Press that his “goals are way bigger than people expect” coming out of a 3-9 season. His mother, Ellicia Brown, believes her son has bounced back after his time with the Gators “took a little bit of that spark away.” She continued: “I think that he wasn’t given a fair opportunity and I think he probably felt that way, too. … I think he handled it by not speaking out or even lashing out or anything. He went out and worked every day … and I see that experience has brought a more talented, more mature and a better Jacoby.” Murphy has not yet won the job but figures to be the starter for head coach Steve Addazio. He and Brissett will go head-to-head on Oct. 11 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

3 » While preparing to be a mainstay on the SEC Network, former Gators QB Tim Tebow continues to train in California in hopes of getting a shot in the NFL. To this point, Tebow has rebuffed overtures from other leagues, notably the AFL, while seemingly never considering going to play up north in the CFL despite some saying it would be a great fit for his playing style.’s Peter King, taking a break from his NFL coverage, provided a more in-depth look at that notion this week and came away noting that Tebow would perhaps struggle more in the CFL than the NFL.

I think something I’ve re-thought after seeing two games over the weekend is that Tim Tebow would be a tough fit here. You’ve got to be an accurate passer to succeed in the CFL, because of the wide field—12 yards wider than the NFL field—and the fact that you’re playing in more weather than in the United States. Tebow has often been talked of as a good fit in the CFL, and he would be a desirable player in Canada because of his name. “But one of his major downfalls is accuracy,” Saskatchewan assistant GM Jeremy O’Day said. “I think he would struggle.” Tebow is on Montreal’s negotiating list, but he and his reps have shown no interest in playing in the CFL.

4 » Former Florida defensive back Dee Webb has not played in the NFL since 2006 but is nevertheless entering his 13th season as a professional football player after being assigned to the Orlando Predators of the AFL on Wednesday. Webb, who since being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2007 has played for two AFL teams and three CFL teams, has combined for 84 tackles, three interceptions, a fumble recovery and two touchdowns over the last two seasons. Webb joins former Gators defensive end Earl Okine on the Predators. Okine was initially assigned to the LA KISS before being sent to Orlando as part of a four-player trade in February. He currently leads the Predators with 4.5 total sacks.

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