Saturday, December 16, 2017
Colleges

Still no clear winner in Florida Gators QB competition

GAINESVILLE — When Florida sophomore QB Jeff Driskel sat out of practice one day this week with a bruised shoulder bone, it allowed Jacoby Brissett an opportunity to get more practice time.

But it didn't settle the quarterback battle, offensive coordinator Brent Pease said Friday. The injury hasn't adversely affected Driskel, and the competition is ongoing.

"I think (Brissett) got more reps while Jeff was out one day," Pease said. "So I think when you get more reps, it's going to make you better, naturally, because you are seeing more things. I don't think he gained any (ground) or went ahead, but he got more reps with it."

The competition has been "up and down," Pease said.

"I think the thing I've seen from both of them is this: They both have gotten better in all aspects of their game. And that's the main thing. If they can get better where they both can manage and make plays, then that's really what we're striving for."

When the time comes to decide a starter, Pease said he and head coach Will Muschamp will have about a 50-50 say in the decision. Then he hedged a little: "Well, 51-49 because (Muschamp is) the head coach."

The decision won't be made lightly, but it won't be difficult, he said.

"I say that because I think they are both capable," Pease said.

UCF: New return guy?

ORLANDO — UCF coach George O'Leary says junior WR Jeff Godfrey can make an impact on the punt-return game this season.

Godfrey, who started at quarterback the past two seasons, has been working with the second-string return team behind sophomore WR J.J. Worton and has impressed O'Leary with his quickness and his ability to identify gaps in the defense.

"I thought J.J. Worton did a heck of a job last year, minus a game, but I think Jeff has the real 'make a guy miss' and breakaway speed to take it the distance," O'Leary said.

Though Godfrey has never returned punts before, he's been catching on quickly.

"I'm learning to catch the ball when it's up in the air and looking at the pressure when it's coming down," he said. "I'm pretty good at it, and I'm trying to get a spot there."

line competition: Redshirt freshman OL Tarik Cook has received increased playing time with starters throughout the week. Cook is getting reps at left and right guard, and is holding his own while starting LG Theo Goins recovers from an unspecified leg injury. "I think he went over there and did a heck of a job as far as at the guard position," O'Leary said. "He has good hip strength, comes out of it, gets moving on the ball. But again, he's young."

Orlando Sentinel

UM: Role for fullback

CORAL GABLES— In the age of the spread offense, the fullback is going the way of lawn darts and VHS tapes. But not at Miami with Maurice Hagens in the backfield.

The 5-foot-11, 238-pound junior is a blocker who doesn't expect or seek the glory of the deep back.

"Yeah, there aren't too many fullbacks out there," he said. "So when I go out there, I try to make it a notable position when I step out on the field."

A running back in high school, Hagens added 20 pounds since coming to college. Hagens ran seven times for 21 yards a year ago, but said he's more in his element as a blocker.

Scrimmage Part II: The second and final full scrimmage of camp is this afternoon. Coach Al Golden said it will focus on sideline control and game tempo.

South Florida Sun Sentinel

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