GAINESVILLE -- At a recent news conference, Florida coach Will Muschamp said there is not a scenario in which Jeff Driskel does not enter the 2013 season as the team’s starting quarterback. That means Jacoby Brissett faces a difficult decision.
Both sophomores, Driskel and Brissett battled for the job in spring and fall camp, and the two split snaps in Florida’s season opener. But coaches decided to go with Driskel, and he led the Gators to an 11-1 record and a berth in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2. With Muschamp saying Driskel has the job locked up, Brissett must decide between riding the bench and hoping for a chance or transferring to another school where he is more likely to get an opportunity to play.
Asked if he is anticipating any transfers before the bowl game, Muschamp on Monday said: “We’re good right now. Obviously, after the bowl game you sit down and evaluate where a young man is, but right now we’re good to go.”
Offensive coordinator Brent Pease said he has not talked to Brissett about his future.
“I’m sure that that might come up at the end of the season, and you know, selfishly I hope it doesn’t. But I support the kid either way,” Pease said. “I don’t know [if there’s a scenario in which he stays at Florida]. Sometimes it’s hard to know how teenagers think, you know. I have to deal with my own kids, but I don’t know. That’s a situation I’m sure we’ll cross in some point in time.”
If Brissett transfers to another FBS school, he would have to sit out the 2013 season because of NCAA rules. He could play immediately at an FCS school.
With their stock high following a successful season, several of Florida’s draft-eligible juniors are considering leaving the team early for the NFL.
Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, safety Matt Elam, tight end Jordan Reed and linebacker Jelani Jenkins have all submitted paperwork with the league, according to The Gainesville Sun. Muschamp would neither confirm nor deny which players have filed.
Floyd and Elam are the two most expected to leave, as both have been projected as potential first-round picks by several analysts.
Elam was named an Associated Press First-Team All-American after posting four interceptions, 65 total tackles (10 for loss), one sack, four pass breakups and one forced fumble this year.
This and that
• UF received national letters of intent from three junior-college transfers Wednesday. Former Nebraska starting offensive lineman Tyler Moore (6-5, 312), Georgia Military College offensive lineman Trenton Brown (6-8, 363) and East Mississippi Community College defensive lineman Darious Cummings (6-3, 305) all joined the Gators, solidifying depth on both lines of scrimmage and giving Muschamp more options. All three are expected to enroll in January and participate in spring practice.
• Freshman cornerback Willie Bailey will transfer from Florida, Muschamp announced Monday.
“He and I met last week,” Muschamp said, “and he felt like he wanted to move on, and we’ll support him in that.”
Bailey, who is 6-0, 172 pounds, was rated a three-star prospect out of Hallandale. Bailey chose Florida over Miami, North Carolina and South Florida, but he faced an uphill battle on the depth chart with entrenched starters Loucheiz Purifoy, Jaylen Watkins and Marcus Roberson all set to return next season and several talented cornerbacks committed to join the Gators in their 2013 recruiting class.