There’s an old adage in football and I happen to be a big believer in it:
“Show me a team with two good quarterbacks and I’ll show you a team without a great quarterback.”
For the sake of Florida’s fans, I hope that’s not the case in Gainesville this season. But it sure seems to be.
Today, Will Muschamp unveiled his depth chart heading into Saturday’s opener with Bowling Green. The quarterbacks, however, were listed with a great big “OR” between their names. Oh, sure, there’s an element of gamesmanship involved in this. But make no mistake, Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett have been splitting reps from spring onward. Even with Driskel suffering a bruised scapula, Brissett was apparently not able to grab the starting job and run with it.
And these aren’t drastically different types of quarterback. This isn’t a change-of-pace kind of deal. Show me a Leak/Tebow or Greene/Shockley dynamic and I’ll buy forget about that old adage above. But Florida’s QBs are similar. One’s 6-6, 237. The other is 6-6, 229.
In 2012, Driskel was 16-of-34 for 148 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. He had 16 rushes for 18 yards. Brissett was 18-of-39 for 206 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. He had 13 rushes for seven yards.
Perhaps one or the other will prove himself be a gamer come Saturday. For now, though, it appears that Florida will have to lean pretty heavily on Mike Gillislee and the new Gator ground game in 2012.