Florida QB Jacoby Brissett to transfer
Jacoby Brissett, the Florida quarterback who battled Jeff Driskel all last spring and fall for the starting job before eventually losing out to Driskel, has decided to transfer. Chris Johnson, a native of Ocala who played safety and running back but was primarily a special teams player during his career, is also leaving.
“Both Jacoby and Chris expressed an interest in transferring and getting a fresh start,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said. “We are very thankful for their contributions to the University of Florida and wish them the best of luck.”
Brissett played in 13 games at Florida, including two starts in 2011, at LSU and at Auburn, and one start in 2012 against Jacksonville State. He was 41-of-74 for 455 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions.
There had been speculation for weeks leading into the bowl game that Brissett would leave, but Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease said Brissett had been preparing no differently than he had all season and he hoped he would remain with the team. Brissett was recruited by former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis.
Muschamp said prior to the Sugar Bowl that Driskel would enter spring practice as the Gators' starting quarterback.
Johnson saw action in all 26 games in his two years, mostly on special teams. He had 19 career tackles on kickoff and punt coverage and recovered a fumble against South Carolina in 2012 which he returned to the one-yard line. He had five carries for 35 yards as a running back in 2012.