There will be a starting quarterback on Saturday when the Florida Gators host the Bowling Green Falcons in the 2012 season opener for both teams. That QB won’t see the field during the second quarter though.
Will Muschamp has said that whichever quarterback starts the game will play the entire first quarter. The one that doesn’t start will get to show his stuff during the second quarter. At that point, Muschamp and offensive coordinator Brent Pease will make the decision of what to do in the second half.
The goal is to see both play and, hopefully, not throw either Jacoby Brissett or Jeff Driskel out of whatever rhythm they may have developed. By rotating during drives, you may take out the hot hand prematurely. This method should at least give each quarterback a few drives to get comfortable and show the world what they can do.
We’re guessing that whoever starts will not get pulled if a drive carries over from the end of the first quarter to the start of the second. That’s just a guess though because no one really knows what Muschamp is thinking.
In theory, this may be the way to go until Muschamp and Pease can determine who their top guy is. Unless they plan on using each in certain situations (which could still happen), they hope to give each a chance to face everything opposing defenses throw at them. This means keeping Brissett in even if it’s third and short and allowing Driskel to remain in during all passing situations.
It sounds like the goal is to find a true number one. I’m sure we’ll all have plenty more to say about that after the first game.