Florida Gators Taking Their Time on Quarterback Decision

By Tim Letcher
John David Mercer, USA TODAY SPORTS
John David Mercer, USA TODAY SPORTS

The Florida Gators are halfway through spring practice, and it appears that head coach Will Muschamp is nearly ready to name his starting quarterback.

However, Muschamp is not quite ready to make that call. It does appear that last year’s starter, Jeff Driskel, will be the man behind center when the Gators take the field this fall. Driskel has played well in spring practice under the guidance of new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper.

That doesn’t mean that Driskel has been outstanding in the spring. It also doesn’t mean that the other two quarterbacks in pursuit of the job, Will Grier and Skylar Mornhinweg, have not been up to the task. It just seems that Driskel’s combination of experience, athleticism and his ability to pick up the new system have been greater than any of his competitors.

If Grier is not ready, and that is a fair assumption since he should still be finishing his senior year of high school, then Driskel must be the starter for Florida. Last season, Mornhinweg proved that he was not up to the task of being a starting quarterback in the Southeastern Conference. So Florida’s best bet would be to start Driskel and use Grier as his backup. And if Muschamp can get away with not playing Grier at all, he would be an excellent candidate for a redshirt.

It’s obvious to observers that Driskel should be the starting quarterback for Florida. But Muschamp and Roper want to take their time and make sure everyone gets a chance at the job. But at this point, the decision is ready to be made.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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