Gator football coach Will Muschamp said after practice today that freshman quarterback Jeff Driskel has won the backup quarterback job behind senior starter John Brantley.
While Muschamp said that could change depending on future practices, it is significant that Driskel has won the spot as a true freshman, beating out fellow freshman Jacoby Brissett and redshirt freshman Tyler Murphy. Muschamp says Driskel has performed well and has shown the intangibles thus far to be a very good quarterback.
Muschamp also praised the play of another freshman in defensive back Marcus Roberson from St. Thomas Aquinas High School. The Gator head man said there is a chance Roberson could start in a crowded cornerback battle with guys like Cody Riggs, Jeremy Brown, Pop Saunders and Moses Jenkins also fighting to start.
Muschamp said in a scrimmage Monday there were about 130 snaps and he said it was a “solid” scrimmage. He liked what the defense did and said it tackled pretty well and said he was a little disappointed in what the offense accomplished. He also said cornerback Pop Saunders is going to be given an opportunity to play safety because Muschamp feels they must tackle better from that position.
At receiver, Muschamp continues to say that Deonte Thompson, Frankie Hammond and Quinton Dunbar have been the most consistent. The other receivers he said have done some nice things at times but have not been as consistent.