Donovan open to QB Brissett playing basketball

Published: Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 6:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 6:32 p.m.

Before the ink could dry on quarterback Jacoby Brisett's letter of intent to play football at UF earlier this month, there were already rumblings about the 6-foot- 5 inch athlete also playing basketball in college.

The possibility wasn't ruled out by Florida hoops coach Billy Donovan.

"There's no doubt in my mind after watching him play that if he dedicated himself to play basketball full time, he could play here," Donovan said.

But dedicating yourself to two sports is tougher at the college level. Donovan's already had experience dealing with multi-sport athletes with Erron Kinney and Cornelius Ingram, so he knows how hard it can be.

"I would say that the biggest problem is you can probably expect that somewhere in January, they'll be in a bowl game," Donovan said. "You talk about a kid missing - and he knows none of our presses or anything - workouts in September, workouts in the beginning of August, October we start practice, November, December and January. Now he comes into practice completely not knowing one thing.

"Now, as practice starts, he tries to go from football shape to basketball shape and as we go toward the SEC Tournament, (football) starts spring practice."

Donovan said he's talked with Brissett and new football coach Will Muschamp and said he'll leave it up to them to decide what the incoming freshman will do.

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