GAINESVILLE – At Florida, quarterback is a two-man job.
Gators coach Will Muschamp announced Friday both Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel will play against Bowling Green Sept. 1. He made the decision following Florida’s second scrimmage of preseason camp on Aug. 17.
“We can win with both guys,” Muschamp said. “We function as an offense regardless of who that guy is very well.”
Muschamp has yet to determine how he will alternate the two signal callers. He will formulate the strategy with offensive coordinator Brent Pease this week. They’re also discussing which quarterback will take the first snap during the season opener.
“We may take it further into the week [than Monday],” Muschamp said of choosing a starting quarterback. “Probably middle of the week. Maybe Wednesday or Thursday, something like that.”
Driskel, who sustained a scapula contusion in his left shoulder on Aug. 12, is due for reevaluation on Monday. As of today, the Oviedo native has not been cleared for contact.
When asked if the situation would clear up if Driskel does not earn approval for contact, Muschamp said, “Correct.”
The last time Florida had two quarterbacks play regularly, Chris Leak and Tim Tebow helped the Gators win a national championship in 2006.
However, Leak and Tebow had clearly defined roles as a passer and a rusher, respectively. Leak was the unquestioned starter.
It harkens back to former Florida coach Steve Spurrier's tenure. Spurrier often juggled his quarterback lineup, turning to as many as three different quarterbacks in a single game.
“There won't be a whole lot of change when one guy's in or the other,” Muschamp said. “They're both very similar. From the schematic standpoint, there's not a drastic difference between the two guys as far as what we do and how we operate.”
Muschamp also addressed a variety of injury issues Friday.
He said safety De’Ante “Pop” Sanders injured his hamstring Thursday and his status is unclear for the season opener.
“We’ll see how that goes in the early part of next week,” Muschamp said. “He’ll probably be out today.”
Muschamp said it’s unlike offensive lineman Matt Patchan’s strained pectoral muscle will keep him out the lineup against Bowling Green.
“He strained it Saturday, the day after the scrimmage,” Muschamp said. “We tried to work him back in Monday and it was sore. We needed to take off some contact.”
While Sanders and Patchan are coping with relatively new injuries, hybrid linebacker/defensive end Ronald Powell is quickly trying to get back into shape.
Powell suffered a torn left ACL during the Gators’ spring game, an injury that could have sidelined him through October. However, Powell is ahead of the normal recovery schedule.
“Ronald Powell started his last phase of his rehab of cutting, or part of his last phase, I’d say,” Muschamp said. “He hasn’t put pads on or anything yet, but cutting and changing direction.”
Muschamp said he is hoping to get two more players back in the lineup soon.
Cornerback Jeremy Brown, who missed last season due to a knee injury and recently had surgery on his wrist, is slated to have wrist evaluated Tuesday.
Left tackle D.J. Humphries could return to the lineup Tuesday or Wednesday. Humphries injured his knee during preseason camp and has been made progress recovering from the MCL strain.
“[He is] really flexible in his movement and doing that stuff, so we feel pretty good,” Muschamp said.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times