Usually backup quarterbacks don’t make news for transferring, but in the case of Florida backup Jacoby Brissett, it is news. Florida had one of the worst passing teams, ranked 118th in the country led by first-year starter Jeff Driskel. It was speculated that Brissett would transfer, and Gatorcountry.com (paid link) has a report that Brissett has asked for his release.
Driskel and Brissett battled all offseason and through the first game of the year against Bowling Green, where Driskel won the job because of his running ability. Brissett rarely saw the field, except filling in for Driskel when he was injured against Louisiana-Lafayette and Jacksonville State. Against Jacksonville State, the only game he started, Brissett finished 14 of 22 for 154 yards and no touchdowns. Florida’s offense scored one offensive touchdown that game.
In 2011, Brissett played the meaningful snaps, not Driskel, under Charlie Weis. He struggled, completing 18 of 39 passes for 206 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions.
Although Driskel is ‘the guy’ in Will Muschamp’s offense, Brissett was a nice insurance policy if Driskel was ever injured. Now, Florida’s depth chart thins out as junior Tyler Murphy, freshman Skyler Mornhinweg and incoming freshman Max Staver are next in line under Driskel. None will have any meaningful game experience.
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