Gators' first scrimmage offers insight, but QB battle goes on
Saturday's first true scrimmage offered Florida coach Will Muschamp and his staff some insight into just how well the Gators have progressed in nine practices, but the Gators are still searching for a starting QB and Muschamp said there remains much work to be done.
“I thought we functioned very well,'' Muschamp said. "We didn’t have a lot of procedure issues, alignment issues offensively, in and out of the huddle. We had a good tempo and those are things to me that were very pleasing, especially for a first scrimmage. Disappointed with ball security. We had the ball on the ground four times. We can’t afford that to happen. Three interceptions. One was a tipped ball, one was a busted route. But still those are turnovers we can’t afford to have offensively. We need to work on some things up front in protection. But for a first scrimmage, very pleased.”
Muschamp said going into the scrimmage that he would not be ready to name a starting QB regardless of how Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel performed. He said Monday that both played well on Saturday.
"You look at the explosives (12-or-more yard run, 15-yard pass). "One was in there for six (explosive plays), and one for five. Took the ball to the right spots, I do think, Brent and I talked after the scrimmage, about making them, putting them in a blue jersey from the simple standpoint of feeling the presence in the pocket and from the pocket collapsing. Getting rid of the football, not taking a negative play. Both of them need to work on that. Again, I was very pleased with the management of getting in and out. We didn’t have any procedure issues. The function of getting in and out of the huddle, calling the play, getting to the line of scrimmage, we’re trying to utilize a lot of motions and shifts and things, so I thought they managed that very well.''