GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel has been cleared medically to play in Saturday’s season opener against Bowling Green, but it’s still unclear when the sophomore will get on the field.
Coach Will Muschamp has come up with at least the beginning of a plan for rotating Driskel and Jacoby Brissett. He said Monday that each sophomore quarterback would play a quarter before the staff determines the plan for the second half.
Muschamp said he and offensive coordinator Brent Pease have not yet decided which quarterback would start and whether one or both would play in the second half.
"We’ll evaluate it at halftime," Muschamp said.
Muschamp said Friday morning that neither player was able to distance himself from the other throughout preseason practices and both would play against the Falcons.
Muschamp said he knew following the Gators’ second scrimmage (Aug. 17) that he would likely play both quarterbacks in the season opener. Both sophomores handled themselves well in the situational work, such as one-minute drill, third-down conversions, and goal line work, Muschamp said, and picking one as the starter wouldn’t be fair.
Both players struggled last season in place of injured starter John Brantley. Driskel completed 47.1 percent of his passes for 148 yards and two interceptions. Brissett completed 46.2 percent of his passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns with four interceptions.
Saunders, others will sit
Muschamp said sophomore safety De’Ante Saunders, who started nine games last season but has fallen down the depth chart since, will not play in UF’s first two games. Muschamp would not say if Saunders is suspended.
"He's got a hamstring [injury and] probably wouldn't be able to go the first game at least anyway," Muschamp said.
Saunders was suspended for the Alabama game last season for a violation of team rules. He tied for the team lead with two interceptions and also had 26 tackles in 2011.
Redshirt junior cornerback Jeremy Brown (wrist) will be re-evaluated Tuesday, Muschamp said.
Junior defensive end/linebacker Ronald Powell (knee), senior defensive tackle Nick Alajajian (knee), redshirt junior defensive end Kedric Johnson (knee) and freshman tight end Colin Thompson (foot) have already been ruled out of multiple games.