Freshman QB Jacoby Brissett impressive early for Gators
During Florida's annual media day on Friday, head coach Will Muschamp said he’s looking to see who emerges as the undisputed backup to quarterback John Brantley.
In the Gators' first fall practice on Saturday, Muschamp said he liked what he saw from freshman QB Jacoby Brissett. Brissett, a former Palm Beach Dwyer star, obtained a copy of Florida’s playbook before he arrived in July, which apparently has helped.
“Jacoby is very bright,’’ Muschamp said. “Just after one day, I’m very pleased with where he is. He’s got a certain command about him, He’s a guy that’s very well-respected by his teammates. He’s an outstanding athlete, but he really can throw the football.’’
In other practice news:
- The Gators practiced with veterans in the first session Saturday morning and newcomers in the second Saturday night. Two area players caught Muschamp’s eye, including Wesley Chapel alum Hunter Joyer whom Muschamp said “did some nice things for us.’’
He also liked what he saw from former Brooksville Nature Coast standout Ja’Juan Story.
“JaJuan Story looks like a guy that eventually can help us, how quickly that will happen I don’t know,’’ Muschamp said. “Although I love guys that play quarterback in high school because they’ve got to make a lot of decisions, but he hasn’t played wide out a bunch.”
- Senior RB Jeff Demps apparently isn't hampered by the lengthy layoff from football. Demps hasn't practiced with the team since January because he was running track.
“He looked great, actually,’’ Muschamp said. “He looked really good.’’
- Redshirt junior OL Matt Patchan returned to practice for the first time since last August when he injured his wrist. Patchan underwent surgery, then had further complications and missed all of last season.
"We're just in helmets, so it's hard to tell but he moved around good, got his hands out there, got his hands on people,'' Muschamp said. "He was fine as far as all that. It's hard to determine until they truly are able to put the pads on and strike.''