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Gators' Will Muschamp "extremely comfortable'' with backup QB's so far



It's still early - six days into fall camp to be exact - but Florida coach Will Muschamp likes what he sees so far from his stable of backup quarterbacks.

With senior John Brantley solidly in the starting role for now, Muschamp said last week he wanted to see how quickly a No. 2 QB would emerge.

"Right now Jeff Driskel, the first five days has been very solid,'' Muschamp said. "A lot of carryover from spring, a lot more comfortable. He was walking in after a nice ball (Tuesday) and he walked back and I said ‘The game’s slowed down a little bit for you, hasn’t it?’ And he said 'No question coach.' As far as identifying the MIC, run game, pass-game, getting us in the right looks, Jeff has really progressed well.''

Driskel, the 6-foot-4, 235 pound QB from Oviedo, enrolled in January and participated in spring drills, so he has as advantage in that he's been in the system for nine months.  Redshirt freshman Tyler Murphy also has the benefit of having gone through spring drills.

"Tyler Murphy has really done a nice job of managing the offense,' Muschamp said. "We did a move-the-field (drill) where the coaches got off the field and let the players play and Tyler took us on a nice drive down the field.''

Freshman Jacoby Brissett is also making a strong impression.

"Jacoby is doing an outstanding (job), the guy’s got big-time arm talent, great leadership ability,'' Muschamp said. "He’s going to be a really good football player for the Gators. Obviously not going through spring and him just coming in the summer, he’s a little further behind just from the standpoint of being exposed to everything. He will catch up because he’s extremely intelligent. So we’re very comfortable with where we are right now.''


[Last modified: Thursday, August 11, 2011 1:28pm]


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