AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 15: Jacoby Brissett #17 of the Florida Gators passes against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 15, 2011 in Auburn, Alabama. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett, Jeff Driskel and Tyler Murphy are all in the race to start for the Gators as spring practice winds down.
The Florida Gators are just days away from the end of their spring football season, but their quarterback depth chart doesn't appear to have gotten any clearer. Competing to replace John Brantley are sophomores Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel, who spelled Brantley last year, and redshirt sophomore Tyler Murphy. According to the Gators, the three are neck-and-neck at this point:
Asked what he was looking for that would create separation between the three, Muschamp responded: "Positive production. I stand behind the huddle in all of the team drills and I watch the demeanor of our offensive football team when they are in the huddle. ... It's easy to look at statistics and say obviously completion percentage, not making mistakes with the football. But it's also how the guys are responding to a guy."
Speaking of stats, both Brissett and Driskel struggled last year, combining for two touchdowns and six interceptions, though Brissett faced the much tougher road. The bulk of his action came against the LSU Tigers and Florida St. Seminoles, while Driskel faced mostly the Auburn Tigers and general mop-up duty. For what it's worth, Driskel was better in the Auburn game than Brissett was.
Murphy has yet to take the field for Florida. He's a former two-star, dual-threat quarterback recruit out of Connecticut. He's been praised for his consistency and tight spirals so far in camp.