Gator Country reports that Florida's second-string quarterback has asked for his release.
Jacoby Brissett's time as a Gator is reportedly over. The sophomore quarterback, who has started four games at Florida, has asked for his release to transfer, according to Gator Country's Andrew Spivey. Update: Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post, who has covered Brissett since high school, confirms Brissett's desire to transfer.
Brissett was inserted into Florida's starting lineup at LSU and Auburn in 2011, and became the first true freshman to start at quarterback for the Gators since Chris Leak. Brissett was 0-2 in those starts, and replaced by Jeff Driskel at halftime of the loss at Auburn, but saw action against Vanderbilt, South Carolina, and Florida State later in 2011, and was part of a quarterback competition with Driskel entering the 2012 season.
Brissett would start the Gators' opener against Bowling Green, but only spent one play of the first half at quarterback, with Driskel, who started at wide receiver, taking over from there and winning the starting job with his play.
Brissett would later be pressed into service after an injury to Driskel's ankle, and led Florida to a come-from-behind win over Louisiana and a win over Jacksonville State in his lone true start of the year.
Brissett has been the subject of transfer rumors since losing out to Driskel for the starting job, and has been linked to West Virginia before. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining at any FBS school, but cannot play in the 2013 season.
As with any transfer, I wish Brissett the best of luck and fair skies in his post-Florida future — but I think he's one of the players most deserving of best wishes to depart for another school in recent years. Brissett was put in impossible situations as a freshman and performed admirably, and did everything asked of him in 2012. That's character that Will Muschamp and any coach that Brissett gets in the future will have to respect.