GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 10: Jeff Driskel #16 of the Florida Gators runs for yardage during a game against the UAB Blazers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 10, 2011 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Texas A&M kicks off SEC play as it hosts the No. 23 Florida Gators -- who have a bit of a quarterback controversy.
The Texas A&M Aggies take on the No. 23 Florida Gators on Saturday as the Aggies kick off their season -- and life in the SEC.
The Aggies might be poised to pull off the upset, however. Texas A&M will be playing host to the Gators, and Kyle Field isn't the easiest place for opposing players to play. Even further, the Gators have a bit of a quarterback controversy on their hands -- something that favors A&M.
The Gators opened up against Bowling Green on Saturday without a decided starter at QB. After the game, an unimpressive 27-14 win, Coach Will Muschamp claimed that there was still no clear front-runner. Either he is extremely demanding and picky, or this is an attempt at gamesmanship, because it was clear that Jeff Driskel had the confidence of the offensive staff against Bowling Green. Not only did he receive the vast majority of the offensive snaps (52 out of 63), but he led the Gators to 20 of their 27 points.
As the folks over at Good Bull Hunting point out, it's not similar to the '06 Gators, who used Chris Leak and Tim Tebow. In '06, Leak was the senior and Tebow was the freshman, both with skill sets that played off each other.
Driskel and Brissett, on the other hand, are a different story. Both are sophomores who have very similar abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. The longer there is uncertainty between them, the more difficult it will be for one or the other to gain the complete trust of the rest of the offensive players. And while it may seem like a transparent move by Muschamp to obfuscate our preparation, it is still shrewd in that we cannot assume it is Driskel yet.
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