No surprise: Driskel, Brissett still even

July, 19, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett are going to start the fall they same way they ended the spring: neck and neck.

Florida coach Will Muschamp said neither of the quarterbacks was able to earn any separation from the other after a summer of workouts, so they'll start out even when the Gators convene for preseason practices on Aug. 4. Muschamp had said at the end of spring that he wanted to see how Driskel and Brissett handled themselves in terms of organizing workouts, throwing sessions, and leadership. He got back positive reports on both, so they'll continue their competition throughout August.

Jeff Driskel, Jacoby Brissett
Icon SMI, Getty ImagesFlorida may not name a starting QB between Jeff Driskel, left, and Jacoby Brissett until the week of the first game.
And if neither can take a lead over the other, it's a competition that may end up dragging on throughout the entire season. That could result in a different starter each week, and there's the very real possibility the Gators will play both quarterbacks in each game. Maybe even on the same play, too, like they did in 2010 when Trey Burton or Jordan Reed would line up at quarterback and John Brantley would line up at receiver.

"I would like to name a starter before the season but I'm not going to put a timetable on that," Muschamp said. "If we need to play both of them, that's what we're going to do.

"There's a possibility you could see both in the game at the same time."

Both quarterbacks have one area in which they must improve tremendously: downfield passing.

Not 50 yards downfield. Not even 30 yards downfield. The two struggled throwing passes beyond 10 yards, going a combined 10-for-32 with one touchdown and five interceptions, according to ESPN's Stats & Information. They were even worse on throws of 20 or more yards: 1-for-15 with one touchdown and four interceptions.

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ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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