GatorNation video position preview: QBs

August, 10, 2012
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ESPN’s GatorNation is previewing each position leading up to the start of the season with a short video. Each week, Michael DiRocco and Jeff Barlis will analyze the players, tell you who is starting and why, and provide a breakdown of the depth at the position. This week it’s quarterbacks.

The starters: Jeff Driskel (So.) OR Jacoby Brissett (So.)

The backups: Tyler Murphy (So.), Skyler Mornhinweg (Fr.)

Comment: Driskel and Brissett will continue their competition into fall practice -- and likely into the early part of the season as well. Neither has been able to separate from the other, which means neither one has been overly impressive. Both seem to have a grasp of new coordinator Brent Pease’s offense and things ran smoothly in the spring from an operational standpoint. Driskel is a better runner while Brissett has better pocket presence. Don’t be surprised if the Gators end up playing both throughout the bulk of the season, although coach Will Muschamp would rather play only one.

Young guy to watch: Pease praised Mornhinweg earlier this week and that earned him more quality reps at practice. But he's still trying to learn the offense, which is complicated by the fact that Pease likes to use a lot of motions and shifts. He's a smart kid, though, so he'll eventually pick it up. But would it be in time if he were forced to play or would it be a situation similar to what Brissett and Driskel experienced last year? It would take a chain of injuries for Mornhinweg to get on the field, and he's likely headed for a redshirt, but after what happened last season it's not a given.

Mike DiRocco | email

ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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