Tuesday, January 29, 2013
GatorNation position breakdown: QB
By Michael DiRocco
Editor’s note: Twice a week through Jan. 31, 2013, GatorNation will break down each position. Today is the final installment, quarterback.
Two-deep: Junior Jeff Driskel is the unquestioned starter heading into the 2013 season. Redshirt junior Tyler Murphy, who has only appeared in three games and never thrown a pass, is the backup.
Incoming freshman Max Staver joins a Florida QB corps that's light on experience behind Jeff Driskel.
Next up: Redshirt freshman Skyler Mornhinweg is the only other scholarship quarterback on the roster.
High-profile commits:Max Staver (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy), whom ESPN ranks as the No. 19 pocket passer, is the only quarterback commit the Gators have right now.
Additional targets: UF has made a late push for junior college QB Tanner McEvoy (Hillsdale, N.J./Arizona Western College), who is scheduled to visit Florida this weekend.
Looking into 2013: This is a big offseason for Driskel, who threw for 1,646 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions as his first season as the Gators’ starter. Now that he’s not competing for the starting job he can get the majority of the first-team reps. He needs to use that time to improve his footwork and accuracy and stop holding onto the ball as long. Those are issues with which most young quarterbacks struggle, so he’s not behind in his development. It’s also imperative that Driskel avoid injury because the Gators don’t have a quarterback on the roster who will have thrown a collegiate pass. That’s why UF is going after McEvoy. He at least has some game experience and likely would be the player the Gators turned to if Driskel were unable to play for whatever reason.