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Friday October 14, 2011 Update: Muschamp names QB Jacoby Brissett starter at Auburn

Updated: 11:34am, October 14

True freshman quarterback Jacoby Brissett has been named Florida's starting quarterback for Saturday's game at No. 24 Auburn.

Brissett became the first Florida quarterback in school history to take his first college snap as the Gators' starter in last week's 41-11 loss at LSU. He became just the fifth true freshman quarterback to start at UF, the first since Chris Leak in 2003.

Gators coach Will Muschamp announced Friday morning that Brissett, who played at Palm Beach Dwyer in high school, will once again start in place of injured fifth-year senior John Brantley.

Meanwhile, Muschamp said fellow true freshman Jeff Driskel is healthy and the coaching staff is hopeful he will also see action. Driskel missed last week's game at LSU due to an ankle injury.

(Background from earlier blog post):

It has been common knowledge all week that for the second consecutive game the Gators will start a true freshman quarterback.

The question was which one would it be.

With starter John Brantley still sidelined by a lower leg injury, Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel have competed to start Saturday’s game at No. 24 Auburn.

Gators QB Jacoby Brissett

Brissett reportedly will earn his second career start.

The true freshman from Palm Beach Dwyer made his UF debut last week at LSU, completing 8 of 14 passes for 94 yards. Brissett threw a touchdown and two interceptions in a game plan that was very limited due to his inexperience.

While Driskel missed the LSU game due to an ankle injury he suffered after replacing Brantley against Alabama, he practiced all week and is expected to be available to play Saturday at Auburn.

Gators offensive coordinator Charlie Weis said earlier this week that both Brissett and Driskel would be prepared to start at Auburn. Driskel has played in four games, completing 7 of 16 passes for 73 yards and two interceptions.

First-year Gators coach Will Muschamp said with Brantley out, the Gators will constantly re-evaluate the quarterback position with the two true freshmen competing for the spot.

“We will manage that as we roll through this season and I couldn't think of anybody's better hands to be in than Charlie Weis,’’ Muschamp said. “He knows the quarterback position very well, the temperament of the position, what it takes to be successful at the position.

“We’re in good hands.’’

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