Florida Gators: SEC media days 2012

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.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Mike Gillislee has never started a game, rushed for 100 yards in a game, or carried the ball more than 59 times in a season.

But the senior running back is convinced he’s about to turn in one of the greatest seasons by a running back in Florida football history. Gillislee’s goal is 1,500 yards and 24 touchdowns, the latter of which would break a record held by Tim Tebow (23 rushing TDs).

Mike Gillislee
Kim Klement/US PresswireFlorida running back Mike Gillislee is looking to make his senior year one to remember.
"I’ve got to make something happen for Florida to remember me," Gillislee said Wednesday at the Southeastern Conference’s annual media days.

That would certainly be a memorable season because only one other player in school history would have run for more yards in a single season: Emmitt Smith (1,599 yards in 1989). It also would make Gillislee just the eighth player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season -- and the first since Ciatrick Fason did it in 2004.

"I’m all for it," UF coach Will Muschamp said. "I love his confidence."

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HOOVER, Ala. -- Florida coach Will Muschamp is able to do something that a lot of college football coaches can't -- laugh at himself.

Muschamp did a lot of that when he saw the video that College Station, Texas, mayor Nancy Berry did in response to a comment Muschamp made about playing at Texas A&M. In fact, he loved the video (see below), in which he was photoshopped into various places around College Station.

"I thought it was really funny," Muschamp said Wednesday during the SEC's annual media days. "I thought it was great. It’s good that nobody’s so sensitive. Mayor Berry has a great sense of humor."

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