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Florida Gators still in two-quarterback mode

GAINESVILLE — Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease said Tuesday he knows playing two quarterbacks to try to determine one starter in Saturday's opener against Bowling Green isn't ideal, but it's the best he could do.

Like coach Will Muschamp on Monday, Pease said the competition between Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett is so tight that giving each the opportunity to decide it on the field is best.

"That's what we're going to find out, who kind of performs (with) 90,000 people out there, having to execute your plays and moving downfield, you know, and manage the game," Pease said. "I think it can work. We'll see."

Driskel said he expected a starter to be named, but was understanding.

"They've said all along they were looking for someone to emerge, but it's really hard for someone to emerge when we're both playing as well as we have been," he said.

Pease said a decision on who will start will most likely be made later in the week. Each will play one quarter in the first half, then a decision about the second half will be made at halftime.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

USF: Speedy ways

TAMPA — Newfound depth at receiver has given the USF offense some needed versatility — specifically in vertical passing.

"You certainly have more options," offensive coordinator Todd Fitch said. "You have different body types. I think we can throw the ball maybe vertically a little bit better than we have been in the past. We have maybe more than one guy that can go down the field and get it."

Last season QB B.J. Daniels tied for 74th in completions of more than 40 yards, with five. The senior said the offense hopes to open things up with help from junior WR Derrick Hopkins.

"He's our little secret weapon — and when I say little, I mean that," Daniels said. "We always joke that he's the fastest man in the Big East."

Hopkins, a track star, saw the field in just five games in 2011. But after working on his hands, the junior is listed as a starter.

"That was a big concern for with me these last couple years," said Hopkins, listed at 5 feet 5, 160 pounds. "And I really tried to buckle down this offseason, really work hard and make sure I got better at that."

Joe Polito, Times correspondent

FSU: Junior TE out

TALLAHASSEE — FSU reserve junior TE Dan Hicks will miss the season with a left knee injury, coach Jimbo Fisher said.

Hicks has burned a redshirt and will not be eligible for a medical redshirt. He would be a fifth-year senior next season.

Hicks played all 13 games last season at defensive end and 16 total tackles, 4.5 for loss. He was moved to tight end this spring.

Fisher also said DT Anthony McCloud (strained pectoral) will not play this week.

Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel

UM: QB in command

CORAL GABLES — When Miami's offense sputters in practice, the sharpest criticisms don't always come from a coach. Sometimes, they come from QB Stephen Morris. After two years mostly as a backup, Morris won the starting job heading into Saturday's opener at Boston College.

"If we're going slow in a practice, he'll call us all up and he'll change the whole practice vibe," OL Shane McDermott said of Morris. "He's a very vocal leader. He's taking this team in the right direction."

Also, OL Seantrel Henderson won't travel for Saturday's game. He missed much of training camp because of personal issues, including two absences for funerals and recovery from injuries suffered in a car crash.

Associated Press

UCF: Backup plan

ORLANDO — UCF coach George O'Leary said he wants to get backup QB Tyler Gabbert playing time, but isn't sure it will happen in Thursday's opener at Akron. Gabbert, a Missouri transfer, has no college game experience. "I'm always looking to get the second string (in,)" O'Leary said. "…You're an ankle away (from) where he has to maintain a win or try to get a win for you."

Iliana Limón Romero, Orlando Sentinel

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