It's official. Danny Wuerffel is in and Terry Dean, a Heisman Trophy hopeful just two weeks ago, is out as Florida's starting quarterback.
"I've done a lousy job coaching Terry Dean," coach Steve Spurrier said Tuesday, ending speculation that began after the senior was benched during the second half of the No.
5 Gators' 36-33 loss to Auburn.
"I'm a firm believer that players generally play about like they're coached. I've not been able to get Terry to quite play like I'd like him to, so that's a reflection on poor coaching."
The team was told Monday that Wuerffel will start against Georgia. Spurrier announced the decision Tuesday, stressing that he doesn't plan to play musical quarterbacks.
"Right now Danny Wuerffel is our quarterback just like Terry Dean was. He will have an opportunity to lead us the rest of the way," Spurrier said.
Wuerffel, who completed his first nine passes and finished 10-of-13 for 171 yards and three TDs against Auburn, said, "Every competitor wants to be on the field all the time. . . . I go about my business the same way whether it's for the first snap or the end of the game."
Dean, who has 19 touchdown passes this season, suspected he had played himself out of the starting job.
"This is no shock to me," he said. "I'm not worried about it. I'm still the team captain. It's still my team. I want us to win. Danny is one of my better friends on the team. I hope he has a great game. I'm sure he will."