Despite a bruised shoulder blade, Florida Gators sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel is performing very well in an ongoing competition to win the starting job for the team's Sept. 1 opener against Bowling Green. Driskel, a 6'4", 237-pound athlete out of Oviedo, Fla., is battling fellow sophomore Jacoby Brissett in fall camp.
After Saturday's scrimmage, Florida head coach Will Muschamp said he felt that what he saw out of the two was a "very healthy competition." Muschamp added, "they are very even to this point; both quarterbacks looked good and did some nice things."
AlligatorArmy.com's Andy Hutchins attended Saturday's scrimmage as well, and came away quite impressed with Driskel's efforts.
I have gone back and forth on who I think will be the best quarterback for Florida this fall, usually thinking Jacoby Brissett's slightly better 2011 gave me the evidence I needed to believe that he should be the starter. But what I saw from Jeff Driskel today was evidence that he can be a great quarterback: He hummed the ball into small holes in a net apparatus in 15-yard passing drills, looked far more comfortable in the pocket than the skittish freshman we saw last year, and acquitted himself nicely with deep throws. The caveat, of course, is that it was just practice, and that Brissett didn't look that much worse. I don't think Florida's in bad hands with either, but Driskel had the better practice Saturday.
A decision on Florida's starter will be made by the Gators coaches at the end of next week, but Gators fans are anxious to see if Driskel, once the No. 1 quarterback recruit in high school football, can be the quarterback of the future they expect him to be.