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Jacoby Brissett to reportedly transfer from Gators

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After months of vacillating back and forth between staying and going, Jacoby Brissett has decided the latter option is most optimal for his playing career.

According to Jason “Wandering Horse” Lieser of the Palm Beach Post, the quarterback has decided to leave Florida and will transfer to another school.  As of yet, the school has yet to announce Brissett’s departure from the football program.

Lieser writes that, per a source, Brissett’s top choices for a transfer destination are West Virginia (one of Brissett’s finalists coming out of high school), Louisville (Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong is UF’s former defensive coordinator), Arkansas (Wisconsin recruited Brissett hard when current UA head coach Bret Bielema was at UW) and North Carolina State.

Whether the Razorbacks will be a realistic transfer possibility will be fascinating to watch unfold.  As noted by Lieser, head coach Will Muschamp would need to sign off on any school that’s on Brissett’s transfer to-do list.  Would Muschamp give the go ahead to a school on the list that’s in the SEC, even though it’s in a different division?  There is some precedent on that front as running back Mike Blakely transferred from the Gators in May of 2011 and landed at Auburn two weeks later.

As far as a Plan B goes if none of those four schools are fits, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Duke and Clemson are all listed as backup possibilities by Lieser.

The fact that any transfer destination is being discussed as it relates to Brissett is far from surprising.  A battle for the starting quarterback job that began in the spring and continued into summer camp ended with Jeff Driskel being named the starter for the season opener.  Brissett played sparingly this season, with 22 of his 35 pass attempts coming in a start in place of an injured Driskel.

Brissett was a four-star member of UF’s 2011 recruiting class, rated by as the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the country.  Barring an unexpected development, he will have to sit out the 2013 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014.

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17 Responses to “Jacoby Brissett to reportedly transfer from Gators”
  1. woebegong says: Jan 6, 2013 11:30 AM

    A little surprised to see this, but not completely since it appears Mushcamp, will stick by Driskel, no matter what. I am not sure but I think from watching the kid and reports about him, he is a better passer than Driskel but not as big, and a runner as he is.
    I guess the question now is, who becomes the second stringer.
    Good luck to the young man in his future.

  2. overratedgators says: Jan 6, 2013 11:39 AM

    Louisville! LOL.

  3. v2the4 says: Jan 6, 2013 11:54 AM

    When I lived in Florida, Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens was across the street from me, so I saw this kid for two seasons lead his team, along with ex Gator Matt Elam, who just declared for the nfl draft, to a state semifinal and a state title win…

    Florida St tight end Nick O’Leary, grandson of Jack Nickalus, was also a star on that team and Brisset was close to going to Florida St as well.

    If he goes to Louisville, he will still be behind Teddy Bridgewater in 2014, who will be a senior, unless he comes out early….he could probably start at West Virginia or North Carolina by 2014…Muschamp probably wont allow him to go to another sec school, and come to think of it, maybe not an ACC school either…

    .Kid has a cannon for an arm, and is a pocket qb, not a runner like Driscoll.

    I agree with this decision, and I wish him the best of luck.

  4. scalpemseminoles says: Jan 6, 2013 12:01 PM

    If he can’t beat out driskell how is he even going to be good enough the eat cereal out of teddy Bridgewater’s jock strap?

  5. atxcane says: Jan 6, 2013 12:27 PM

    “Kid has a cannon for an arm, and is a pocket qb, not a runner like Driscoll [sic].

    I agree with this decision, and I wish him the best of luck.”

    v2the4 gets it.

    Putting Driskel and Brisset side-by-side and looking at talent, Brisset wins. Stronger arm, better aim, overall a strong pocket QB.

    Driskel has the advantage that he is highly mobile however. Given the system that Brent Pease runs, he’s much more comfortable with Driskel as opposed to Brisset. And given the guys on the OL for Florida, a mobile QB is probably a good idea.

    Brisset would never see quality time at Florida, as he’s not the right fit for their offensive style. Good luck to him.

  6. dalucks says: Jan 6, 2013 12:53 PM

    His first mistake was picking Florida. I am shocked that athletes do not know how to pick a school. All the athlete has to do is look at the depth chart and pick a school with a senior starting quarterback or a junior in case you decide to redshirt so you only have to sit on the bench for a minimal of one season.
    Never attend a school with a freshman starting quarterback or an incoming quarterback in your class. The same lies the head coach told you were told to the other quarterback.
    Competition does make you better but game experience is a better teacher. Playing time always outweighs practice. Game reps are better than practice reps.

  7. woebegong says: Jan 6, 2013 1:39 PM

    Not a gator fan by any stretch of the imagination, but what in the world does what you just wrote have to do this kids decision. Certainly you are not going to claim that FSU has a world beater in Manuel at QB. This kid may be a complete fit at another college but he, I think, is not exactly a good fit for their style of offense.

  8. 1chilla says: Jan 6, 2013 2:13 PM

    U can’t blame him he never got a fair shake to start n driksel is a meyer guy hope he is not our future at q.b i hope we don’t regret letting jacoby go

  9. pickney1 says: Jan 6, 2013 3:20 PM

    At end of the day he would have been better of listening to his mother where he first signed the letter of intent because his mother was not a fan of him signing with the University of Florida.

    The issue was the head coach at Dwyer high school directed him towards UF because the coach is an UF alum. The Young man has alot of talent and will find opportunities to play and gain his college degree at another universityy.

  10. pheasbo says: Jan 6, 2013 4:11 PM


    “Given the system that Brent Pease runs, he’s much more comfortable with Driskel as opposed to Brisset”

    You’re right, because Kellen Moore’s biggest attribute was his scrambling ability, not his pocket presence, decision making, and accuracy.

    Pease runs a “system” that best fits his personnel that he believes gives them the best chance to win. Given that he was the OC for ellen Moore I am certain that if Brissett was the better player they would’ve run a system suited to his talents.

  11. showtime1911 says: Jan 6, 2013 6:10 PM

    This was the smartest decision Jacoby could have ever made. Black qbs do not get the opportunity to start nor do they get a a fair chance at the university of florida. jeff driskel is a run first qb that is never going to lead florida to the national championship. there are too many alums swaying the decisions of the coaches and this is going to forever exist. Jacoby will lead arkansas to a national championship before driskell i guarantee. this school picked tebow over cam newton and it also picked this sweaty bum name muschamp over charlie strong. i am and forever will be elated with complete satisfaction everytime i see this school come up short in the sec.

  12. gatorprof says: Jan 6, 2013 9:45 PM

    Jacoby got a fair shake.

    It just didn’t work out in terms of him winning the QB competition (his skills also don’t match Pease’s system) and he is moving on as he is good enough to play D1 ball. I wish him well.

  13. canehouse says: Jan 7, 2013 8:54 AM

    This kid will excel in any place he chooses… He is a winner, a leader, and a great kid. Whichever “program” gets him, will be getting a special one. He will be in the NFL someday… He can make all of the throws.

  14. scalpemseminoles says: Jan 7, 2013 10:12 AM

    no fsu fan will tell you manuel is good… but he’s probably better than brissett

  15. bhaddox says: Jan 7, 2013 5:10 PM

    I always wonder about ‘dual-threat’ Q-backs>>usually means they can’t make the ‘throws’ to the sideline. We do not need another Johnny Football @ UA–If manziel gets hurt @ A & M during the next few yrs-then their entire offense is screwed. and NO I don’t like running quarterbacks.

  16. vanfrier says: Jan 8, 2013 12:26 PM

    Arkansas has 4 quarterbacks now with Allen(?) leading the group.
    And they just got a JRC transfer that played a year at Wisconsin as a linebacker. He signed on as a Quarterback at Wisconsin and didn’t like the change so he went to a JC. He is 6′ 5″.
    They also have a 4 star QB out of high school that is highly touted.

  17. woebegong says: Jan 8, 2013 12:34 PM

    The young man might be better off leaving the SEC conference alone, since they are usually stock piled with QB at most, if not all of the schools, that are really competitive. The ACC and a few of its’ team might be a good match.
    Tenn. might also be a fair place to land as far as his position goes but they have a lot of rebuilding to do. He could most likely play soon there though, after the mandatory 1 year sit.
    He could also go to a FCS team and play immediately, without the one year, sit, but I really believe that he is good enough to play FBS ball, so he has a lot of options available to him.

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