Gators lack experience behind Driskel

Florida backup quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg sets to throw during Saturday's open practice at The Swamp.

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Published: Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 11:51 p.m.
With a season of experience as the starting quarterback, Jeff Driskel said he has a better awareness about playing the position. He's also aware of what's behind him at the position. Zero experience. The No. 2 and No. 3 quarterbacks — Tyler Murphy and Skyler Mornhinweg — have never thrown a pass in a college game.

That's a huge concern, especially when the starting QB makes a lot of plays running the ball. “They've been competing and they've been doing everything they can to get better during the spring and that's really shown,” Driskel said. “I'm proud of those guys. “But, I do need this year to try to limit the shots that I've taken. Coach (Will) Muschamp and Coach (Brent) Pease have definitely put that into my head.” There could be fewer designed quarterback runs called this season. “It's a very similar situation where you look at Texas with Vince Young or look at Auburn with Cam Newton,” Muschamp said. “You pick your spots when you're going to run the quarterback. That's a huge part of what we do. “When (tailback) Matt (Jones) and Jeff are standing back there, that's two full-grown men who can carry the football for you. But we need to pick our spots where we're going to run Jeff as we continue to develop the position behind him.”

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