Brissett starter as of today

Florida coach Will Muschamp yells at a sideline judge during the second half against LSU at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., on, Saturday.

Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Monday, October 10, 2011 at 12:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 10, 2011 at 12:42 p.m.

True freshman Jacoby Brissett will be the starting quarterback against Auburn on Saturday, Florida coach Will Muschamp said during his Monday news conference at UF. That is unless, of course, he isn't.

Last week, Muschamp said true freshman Jeff Driskel would start at QB despite spraining an ankle against Alabama. Muschamp said last Monday that Driskel was “fine.”

Because of Driskel's injured ankle, the decision was made after practice Wednesday to go with Brissett, said Muschamp, who didn't have a scheduled media availability after last Wednesday morning.

“They are both going to practice through the week,” Muschamp said of the freshmen QBs today. “We'll work with Jacoby on being the starter at this point.''

Brissett and Driskel will compete for the starting QB role in practice, but Muschamp said he's not sure if Driskel is 100 percent yet. Driskel's number of reps this week will be determined by how his ankle improves.

The two quarterbacks have similar skill sets, Muschamp said.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Murphy has done some good things in practice, but Brissett and Driskel are simply playing better, Muschamp said.

As expected, senior QB John Brantley is out this weekend with the high ankle sprain he suffered against Alabama. He is expected back for the Oct. 29 game vs. Georgia. Muschamp had said it was a “lower leg injury.”

Muschamp said there's an advantage to not disclosing Brantley's injury because “there's some teams that might want to get him in a pile.”

Muschamp had said Sunday on his television show that he also planned to change how the Gators practiced.

“Obviously, we're going to go back and look at our practice schedule and what we're doing,” he said. “Because if you continue to do the same things, you are going to get the same results. We need to change up what we're doing and our approach.”

In other notes, cornerback Jeremy Brown will miss his seventh straight game. ... Muschamp said running back Jeff Demps has an ankle issue but he expects him to be fine by Saturday. Ronald Powell (neck) and Josh Evans (arm) also are expected to play Saturday. ... Running back Mike Gillislee needs to get more touches, Muschamp said. ... Muschamp said wide receiver Quinton Dunbar, who did not travel with the team to LSU, was home for a personal reason. “He's fine,” the coach said. ... Muschamp said he challenged players Monday to become leaders.

Click back for more on Monday's news conference.

Worth noting: Florida has the SEC's best mark against Associated Press Top 25 teams since 1989. During that time, the Gators are 68-52-1 (.566) against AP Top 25. Alabama is second with a .519 winning mark (54-50-1).

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