Monday, May 21, 2018
Colleges

Jacoby Brissett steps up after entering at quarterback for Florida Gators

GAINESVILLE — Jacoby Brissett easily could've gotten complacent.

He hadn't played a meaningful down since fellow sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel was named Florida's starter after the opening win over Bowling Green.

Rather than be idle, Brissett listened to advice from coach Will Muschamp, and in turn his performance helped bail out a stagnant offense in Saturday's 27-20 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.

"You're one snap away," Muschamp said. "That had been his approach."

With the Gators leading 13-10 late in the third quarter, Driskel sprained his ankle after being tackled for no gain on a keeper. Brissett completed a 1-yard pass on third down to running back Mike Gillislee on his first play. On the next play the Ragin' Cajuns blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown and a 17-13 lead.

On their next three drives, the Gators mustered 9 yards on 11 plays. Brissett overthrew Frankie Hammond Jr. on a deep ball down the left sideline that would've put Florida inside of ULL's 10-yard line.

"I felt like I should've just bulleted it into him," Brissett said. "I put too much air on it and it got away from me."

Then on third down with Florida trailing 20-13, Brissett found tight end Jordan Reed open deep down the middle for 39 yards to the Ragin' Cajuns' 3-yard line. On the next play, Brissett rolled right and found receiver Quinton Dunbar open in the back of the end zone to tie the score at 20.

Reed was impressed with Brissett's ability to play after being inactive for so long.

"That says he is a great player and always working," Reed said. "I always see him in the film room whether he is starting or not."

Brissett's teammates took notice of his positive attitude after he lost the battle for the starting job.

"Not once have I seen him complain or cause a problem in the locker room or say anything bad about Driskel or anything," safety Josh Evans said last week. "He's just a good teammate. He's a great player."

Brissett finished 6-for-8 passing for 64 yards and a touchdown. He took no pleasure in the circumstance in which he entered, but he was glad he could come through.

"It's bad that it happened to Jeff at that point in time in the season," Brissett said. "But with coaches feeling that (I was) one snap away, I had to make sure that when I got my chance to make a fool of myself that I came out and did what I had to do."

Comments
Taggart delivers a bolt to area

Taggart delivers a bolt to area

TAMPA — After spending four years as USF’s football coach, Willie Taggart knows what to expect this time of year in the area, so it’s no surprise how he began a chat with reporters Sunday before a booster stop at Armature Works."Go Lightning," he sai...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Willie Taggart: ‘Pretty cool’ to be back in Tampa as FSU coach

Willie Taggart: ‘Pretty cool’ to be back in Tampa as FSU coach

TAMPA – After spending four years as USF's football coach, Willie Taggart knows what to expect this time of year in the area, so it's no surprise how he began a chat with reporters Sunday before a booster stop at Armature Works."Go Lightning," ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
ACC football announces early kickoff times, TV info for FSU, Miami games

ACC football announces early kickoff times, TV info for FSU, Miami games

The ACC has released some kickoff and TV information for the first three weeks of the season:Week 1 (previously announced)Miami vs. LSU (in Arlington, Texas): Sunday, Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m., ABCVirginia Tech at Florida State: Monday, Sept. 3, 8 p.m., ESP...
Published: 05/18/18
Why FSU playing Boise State in Jacksonville is a smart risk

Why FSU playing Boise State in Jacksonville is a smart risk

Old, unofficial news is expected to become old, official news today with a formal announcement that Florida State and Boise State are kicking off the 2019 season in Jacksonville.  A lot has changed since the schools announced the series (FSU pla...
Published: 05/16/18
FSU-Boise State to open 2019 season in Jacksonville

FSU-Boise State to open 2019 season in Jacksonville

What had been an open secret for months is now open and shut: Group of Five power Boise State will face FSU at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville in the teams' 2019 opener.A formal announcement is expected Wednesday, but the '19 schedule on Boise's offi...
Published: 05/15/18
RHP Mark Moclair’s versatility proves valuable to University of Tampa

RHP Mark Moclair’s versatility proves valuable to University of Tampa

TAMPA — He’s the accidental pitcher who can’t be pigeonholed into a defined role. He’s a well-spoken economics major who morphs into fire-breathing intensity on the mound. And he’s one of the biggest reasons why the University of Tampa Spartans are p...
Published: 05/15/18
Police: Florida Gators recruit Justin Watkins kicked female’s car, broke her phone

Police: Florida Gators recruit Justin Watkins kicked female’s car, broke her phone

One of the Florida Gators' top incoming recruits was released from jail early Wednesday after police allege he kicked a female's car and broke her phone after an argument.Justin Watkins — a four-star athlete from Clermont — and ...
Published: 05/10/18
Why Gators’ Dan Mullen still name-drops his second grade teacher

Why Gators’ Dan Mullen still name-drops his second grade teacher

When first-year Gators coach Dan Mullen spoke to a packed crowd at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club this winter, he told stories about the stars Florida fans recognize instantly.Tim Tebow. Steve Spurrier. Percy Harvin.Then he name-dropped someone els...
Published: 05/10/18
Florida Gators coordinator Todd Grantham to earn $1.39 million. Here are the other salaries

Florida Gators coordinator Todd Grantham to earn $1.39 million. Here are the other salaries

New Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham will be one of the highest paid assistants in the country, earning $1.39 million in base pay this year.The Gators released the contracts for Grantham and the rest of Dan Mullen's staff on Tuesday aftern...
Published: 05/08/18
Why Dan Mullen wants his Gators to hit every school in Florida

Why Dan Mullen wants his Gators to hit every school in Florida

As the Florida Gators hit the road for the spring evaluation period, coach Dan Mullen has a goal."It's really important for me that we try to get into every school in the state of Florida," Mullen said Monday before a speech to the Polk County Gator ...
Published: 05/08/18