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.


  1. gatorboi352 says:

    I am not buying all this talk that Florida is facing one of, if not the hardest, schedules in the country this upcoming season. Sure, on paper given the school names it sounds daunting. It always does. But dig a little deeper and you’ll see that Bama, LSU, Mizzou, Georgia, Vandy and S.C. will ALL be rolling out first year starters at quarter back. That will be huge yet somehow continues to go overlooked. It all just sounds like people are prepping their excuses nice and early for if and when the Gators come up short again this year.

    • G2 says:

      I do think we win the East this year, maybe by default. I know we have our own problems this year on D (linebackers may be lacking, secondary no experience etc), but new offense has to be a big improvement over the predictable all run futility of last year.

  2. G2 says:

    Don’t know why people say Brissett didn’t get a fair chance to win the job. He had all that playing time as a freshman while JD was hurt. Could have held onto in from that point on if he played well enough, I was one that thought he would be the starter year 2. Hard to make a judgement not being at practice.

    • gatorboi352 says:

      The problem wasn’t Brissett getting a fair chance or not, the problem was and always has been a lack of any kind of consistent identity on the offensive side of the ball. Boom preached ground and pound “Pro style” offense….. but hired Pease from the gimmicky Boise St. and says we’re better off with Driskel, an option style run-first type QB vs. going with the pocket passing Brissett?

      It’s been no secret, and very evident, that Muschamp has been using the last 3 years with UF for on the job HC training, and Foley has backed him 100% in doing so. There’s a new standard being set with regards to the UF football program, and it’s quite the step below the old standard. We’re now praying for 8, 9 win seasons.

    • Michael Jones says:

      That was his mom talking about him not getting a fair chance. His mom. I’m not sure that there are very many people out there who are not his mom or who don’t have some other agenda who can honestly say that he wasn’t given a fair chance.

      Muschamp never even named a winner in the battle between him and Driskel until after the Orange and Blue game and I believe a week or two before the starting game.

  3. michael winter says:

    It’s not the scheme, it’s the players. UF doesn’t have good offensive players. This is proven by the NFL draft. The biggest reason for the plunge into offensive mediocrity since the departure of Tim Tebow is that the Gators have had lousy quarterbacks. I don’t care who’s coaching, they are not going to have a good offense with the likes of Brantley, Driskel, Murphy, and Mornhinweg. Those are all bad quarterbacks. Now the hope is for Grier, but Brantley was also the Gatorade High School Player of the Year. I just think it’s hilarious that people think the ‘system” has held back Driskel. We have already seen him in the spread at UF, it was in the Sugar Bowl and h was horrible. It’s no wonder that Pease didn’t run the spread again, he was smart enough to realize it was a mistake to put the offense in Driskel’s hands. RRoper hasn’t been around Driskel in a real game yet, he will learn what the coaches before him knew when UF travels to Alabama, Driskel is a poor quarterback. The only hope is that one of the freshmen catch lightning in a bottle because both Driskel and Mornhinweg suck.

    • G2 says:

      Don’t think you can say Driskel sucks yet. 11-2 in 2012, last year was a disaster from the start, this is his year to shine. My concerns are the OL and a new system to learn. Anythings better than the ground n pound from last year….. all ground but no pound!

      • Michael Jones says:

        You’re absolutely right. It’s ridiculous to say that Driskel sucks at this point in his career and, particularly, with the coaching that he’s received (or hasn’t received) so far.

        Driskel has every tool to be an NFL QB–the big arm, the legs, the size, the toughness. Now somebody needs to teach him the game. But UF can win with Driskel, no question about it.

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