QB Jacoby Brissett plays most of fourth quarter, still eligible to red-shirt
It’s hard to know what Gators QB Jacoby Brissett will do beyond this year, but Jeff Driskel has secured the starting job. Barring an injury or a total collapse in Driskel’s performance, Brissett will be waiting a while to be Florida’s starter.
He played most of the fourth quarter in today’s 38-0 win over Kentucky, but did not attempt a pass. He scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.
“We had the game in hand, and we felt very comfortable about that,” coach Will Muschamp said. “Jacoby Brissett deserves the opportunity to play, no different than any other position… When you’re able to have guys step into those situations and perform at a high level, that’s a luxury for us as coaches. Jacoby deserves the opportunity to play.”
Because Brissett is the No. 2 quarterback and Driskel plays with such an aggressive style in the run game, it is unlikely Florida will be able to protect this as a red-shirt year for Brissett. Even if everything goes well for Driskel, the Gators will probably need Brissett periodically when Driskel gets banged up.
Brissett is a true sophomore. In order to be eligible for a medical red-shirt, he cannot play in more than four games or play beyond the sixth game. The school also has to prove a legitimate injury, which seems fairly easy to do.
As of now, Florida has had four games and he played in two of them. That means he can play the next two games with no consequences.
Saving this as a red-shirt season would only benefit Brissett if he plans to stay at Florida. Doing so could set him up to get one or two seasons as the starter once Driskel is done.
If Brissett opts to transfer, he has to sit out a year anyway. The NCAA allows players five years to play four seasons unless they have a significant hardship.
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