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Saturday September 1, 2012Both QBs in on Opening Play; Driskel Gets First Shot

Scott Carter
By SCOTT CARTER Senior Writer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators have a starting quarterback -- at least in the season opener against Bowling Green.

Sophomore Jeff Driskel is Florida's quarterback in the first quarter against the Falcons but not without an interesting twist. 

Both he and Jacoby Brissett were in the lineup on the opening play of the game with Brissett under center. Driskel then assumed control of the offense from the second play on. 

Driskel and fellow sophomore Brissett waged a closely contested battle throughout spring practice and fall camp.

Gators coach Will Muschamp said this week that both deserved to play today against the Falcons and that one would play the first quarter, the other the second quarter.

If the Gators have a drive going at the end of the first quarter, Driskel will stay in to start the second quarter to finish the drive.

At halftime Muschamp and offensive coordinator Brent Pease plan to re-evaluate the situation to determine who plays in the second half.

This is officially Driskel's first career start. The sophomore from Oviedo played in five games last season, making his collegiate debut in last year's season opener against Florida Atlantic.

In five games, Driskel was 16-for-34 for 148 yards and two interceptions. Driskel is considered the more athletic of the two. He sprinted for a 31-yard run in last year's game against eventual national champion Alabama, the longest run of the season against the Crimson Tide's defense.

Pease said this week that his advice to both players was to embrace the situation and earn the starting job.

"I think it would be difficult to name a starter right now," Pease said. "What would you be telling the other kid? If they had separated [from] each other, yeah, but they've both made major progress and done good things. We have a situation in a game where we can play them."


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