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Regardless of starter, Florida Gators hope Jacoby Brissett, Jeff Driskel stay with program

GAINESVILLE — Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel are battling hard for Florida's starting QB job, but new offensive coordinator Brent Pease said Wednesday that he hopes both will stick around regardless of who earns the starting job.

"I sure hope," Pease said when asked if the two are the kind to see this through. "If that's not the (type) kid, then whoever that is shouldn't be the starter anyway. You want guys who are unselfish because it's not just in a quarterback role, it's in the running back role, receiver role, lineman role. You want to find that depth that you can build, and then find a role for people."

MAKING ADJUSTMENTS: The resignation of receivers coach Aubrey Hill last week, one day before the start of practice, wasn't ideal, but the players are adjusting to interim Bush Hamdan, Pease said.

"I give a lot of credit to the kids," he said. "The kids here work hard, so whoever's going to coach them, they've been very coachable and they just go on and work. They are buying in to what we're teaching and understanding how we're detailing it. And I think they are compassionate about it, they understand that he's new and we're going to help him and work through this, too."

Onfield logo: Florida Field will have a slightly different look this season, with a Gator head logo painted at midfield. It will be 60 feet wide and 40 feet deep.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

FSU: Bracy hobbled

TALLAHASSEE — Kneeling and looking straight ahead, WR Marvin Bracy squinted through raindrops at his Seminoles teammates late Tuesday afternoon during 7-on-7 drills.

The freshman out of Orlando Boone had just tweaked a hamstring and had to stop competing.

"He twinged up there on a deep ball," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We've got to get that right. I have to get him to remember this ain't track."

Fisher was being sarcastic with the track reference, knowing Bracy's track opportunities might have led to the injury.

He originally hurt the hamstring just before June's U.S. Olympic trials. The two-time 100-meter state champion saw his hopes of attending the London Games fade away.

There is no timetable for recovery. For now, he will ease through workouts and regain leg strength.

Early practices: The Seminoles practiced at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday to avoid afternoon rain showers and will practice at 5:30 again this morning.

Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel

UM: Armstrong options

CORAL GABLES — The attorney for former Hurricanes S Ray-Ray Armstrong said he is drafting a legal document that would seek an injunction to get Armstrong back on the team and also is exploring transfer options. Matt Morgan, Armstrong's Orlando-based attorney, said he and Armstrong will attempt to amicably resolve the matter before filing a court document. Armstrong, who would be a fourth-year senior, was dismissed from the team July 18 for undisclosed reasons.

Miami Herald

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