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Weis noncommittal on QB starter

Alabama's Dial sacks Florida quarterback Driskel during a NCAA college football game in Gainesville

When John Brantley went down with a first-half injury against Alabama this past weekend, he was replaced under center by true freshman Jeff Driskel.  After head coach Will Muschamp ruled Brantley out of the LSU game with what’s believed to be a high-ankle sprain Monday, it’s been widely expected that Driskel would start on the road against the Tigers, especially after Muschamp said as much.

Charlie Weis, on the other hand, is keeping his quarterback cards close to the vest, if for nothing more than to keep LSU “guessing” as to the true identity of the starter.

The UF offensive coordinator said Tuesday, apparently with the accompanying straight face and everything, that a decision on a starter for the LSU game will not be made until later in the week.  In addition to Driskel, true freshman Jacoby Brissett and redshirt freshman Tyler Murphy are also involved in what’s being described as an open competition to replace Brantley.

“I could tell you, but I’d have to shoot you,” Weis said according to the Gainesville Sun. “We don’t know yet. We’re practicing. As the head coach has already previously told you, (starter John) Brantley is out and we’re practicing the other three guys.

“By the end of the week, we’ll decide who the starter is.”

That said, we’re guessing that LSU, along with most anyone else with a lick of sense, would be beyond shocked if it was anybody other than Driskel taking the first step in Death Valley Saturday night.

Regardless of whether it’s Driskel or one of the others, UF will go into the game knowing that they will be very raw and inexperienced at the position.  And that they will need to run the ball effectively to take some of the pressure off the young players.

“That’s the first thing,” he said. “Any time you have a fairly inexperienced quarterback, you need to take the pressure off him by being able to run.

“Last week, it was a combination of things. They won the line of scrimmage. When you lose the line of scrimmage, which we did last week, you usually aren’t going to be very effective in the run game whether inside or out. It doesn’t make much difference if you don’t win the line of scrimmage.”

Winning the line of scrimmage will be easier said than done for the Gators.  After being held to just 15 yards rushing — 31 of which came on a run by Driskel – against the top-ranked Tide run defense, UF will now face an LSU run defense that’s ranked No. 3 nationally.

Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps, it’s time for both of y’all to step up and help out your young signal caller.  Another 14 carries for eight yards — combined — will not suffice this time around, either.

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8 Responses to “Weis noncommittal on QB starter”
  1. mydixienormus says: Oct 5, 2011 10:00 AM

    It is not going to matter who the UF QB starter is.

    In the words of Drago:

  2. dhnation21 says: Oct 5, 2011 10:19 AM

    I can’t wait to see what kind of magic Weis has hidden away in that fupa this week.

  3. florida727 says: Oct 5, 2011 11:33 AM

    Rainey and Demps, unfortunately, get too much credit when they run wild, and too much criticism when they gain 8 yards on 14 carries. The O-line determines their success for the most part. Yeah, they’re fast. The fastest running back tandem in football, college or professional. But without blockers leading the way, they’re just getting to the tacklers faster than anyone else. Weis needs to find a way to get them the ball in open space if the line doesn’t do a better job. Someone needs to explain to me how the two most gifted athletes on the offensive side of the ball only touch it a combined FOURTEEN times in a game anyway! It’s not like your other options are all that appealing, Charlie. Figure it out.

  4. noaxetogrind says: Oct 5, 2011 12:46 PM

    Perhaps florida727 Weiss would take a collect call from you and get some wisdom. Other than runs and throwing some arc passes how else do you propose they touch the ball? They are diminutive RB’s. They are not skilled at running vertical routes and adept at getting in & out of route breaks. That is not a skill you pick up in a weeks time. They also are not big physical
    backs that can run the Iso/power play. I am no huge fan of Weiss but I can also recognize when a man is dealing with a limited hand.

  5. blitz4848 says: Oct 5, 2011 1:02 PM

    @NoAxe

    Agree 100%. Weiss/Muschamp have recruited a power running back for next yr and looking at another.

    The Gators are YOUNG–70 FR & Sophs–play everyone and get big game experience for next yr.

    Driskell will start and Murphy will play as well.
    The best physical talent is Brissett but past finding the huddle he has real trouble with the play book.

    Weiss is incorporating a pro style offense with players tha were ALL recruited for the spread so adjustments and more pro style recruits will make life a lot easier but in the mean time take the losses and get big game experience…….

    The Bama game exposed the Gators O & D lines but it also should help them and the LSU game will be a lot closer than the Bama game.
    The line is 14 and I say TAKE the points….
    Go Gators

  6. trbowman says: Oct 5, 2011 1:19 PM

    “Regardless of whether it’s Driskel or one of the others, UF will go into the game knowing that they will be very raw and inexperienced at the position. And that they will need to run the ball effectively to take some of the pressure off the young players.”

    And LSU knows that. That defense is going to completely take the ground game out of the equation and force Driskel to make plays.

    First career start in Death Valley. I could seriously see LSU winning by over 30.

  7. blitz4848 says: Oct 5, 2011 2:49 PM

    @trbowman

    will take the +30 and bet my home—-good luck

  8. skinnypigeon says: Oct 5, 2011 4:54 PM

    “….in Death Valley Saturday night.” I wish it was a night game, but it’s a 3:30 start….

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