Instant analysis: Offense rolls late

April, 7, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Some quick thoughts from Florida's (quick moving) spring game on Saturday afternoon:

QBs get rolling: It took nearly the entire first half, but quarterbacks Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett eventually got things going. The pair are competing to win the starting job.

Brissett took the first snap with the first-team offense but went 0-for-2 on his first drive. One of the passes, however, was dropped by Trey Burton.

After Tyler Murphy got a series, Driskel came on and completed all five of his passes on his first drive for 34 yards.

Driskel had the better day overall, completing 12-of-14 passes for 147 yards and rushing for 19 yards and one touchdown on four carries. He led one touchdown drive, which was capped by Mack Brown's touchdown run.

Brissett completed 9-of-16 passes for 233 yards. Most of his passing yards came on two plays, a 43-yard hookup with Latroy Pittman and a 52-yard strike to Michael McNeely.

Flashers: Some players who caught my eye:

Cornerback Jaylen Watkins broke up a fade pass to tight end Jordan Reed in the end zone.

Linebacker Gideon Ajagbe blew by freshman offensive lineman D.J. Humphries to stuff running back Omarius Hines.

LB Antonio Morrison showed off his athleticism by making a tackle on a back in the flat and then showed of his toughness by combining with defensive tackle Damien Jacobs, making a tackle in the hole on a third-down play.

Jacobs started the game, but that might be because the Gators are banged up along the defensive line. He hasn't been consistent in practices throughout spring, but he's got the big body the Gators want (6-foot-3, 310 pounds) in a run-stopping tackle.

Pittman, whom UF coach Will Muschamp has praised throughout the spring, got behind the defense for a 43-yard pass play. Pittman doesn't have blazing speed -- he was timed at 4.64 seconds in the 40-yard dash at one combine -- but he was able to get a step and hauled in a perfect pass from Brissett. Pittman also was able to get behind the coverage again in the fourth quarter, but Brissett overthrew him slightly. Pittman has been steadily rising up the depth chart and has a good chance to win a starting job alongside Andre Debose and Quinton Dunbar.

What's that call? Offensive coordinator Brent Pease had one questionable call, an end-around to Dunbar on third-and-goal from the 4-yard line. Dunbar fumbled the handoff from Brissett and ended up losing 9 yards on the play.

Mike DiRocco | email

ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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