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Florida Football 2012, 100 For 100: Will The Gators' Real Starting Quarterback Please Step Up?

No conspiracy theory on featuring Brissett: There are no pics of both quarterbacks together in our system.
No conspiracy theory on featuring Brissett: There are no pics of both quarterbacks together in our system.

Last year, we tried 50 For 50, and got halfway done before things cropped up. This year, Alligator Army is coming back with 100 For 100, a countdown that begins today, with 100 days remaining to the first Florida Gators football game of the 2012 season, and will run down storylines, profile players, examine history, and make some predictions, possibly all haphazardly. The only thing we can promise is that each day's entry will bring us all one step closer to "Herrrrrrrrre ... come the Gators!"

Having two quarterbacks as talented as Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel would be a boon for nearly every FBS team. For Florida, it's a problem.

No one really and truly knows whether Driskel is better than Brissett or vice versa — right now, picking between the two is an aesthetic choice more than anything, with Brissett's calmer, less spectacular play from last year contrasting nicely with Driskel's athleticism and big play potential. And the two quarterbacks working on adding things to their games in the spring, with Driskel playing the role of patient pocket passer much better and Brissett taking more chances, makes them even harder to distinguish from each other.

Chances are that one of them will eventually pan out. Quarterbacks usually do at Florida: Since Steve Spurrier made Shane Matthews an NFL-caliber player, Florida quarterbacks have won two Heisman Trophies and three national championships, started in a Super Bowl, beaten Florida State by running Spurrier's offense to perfection (Doug Johnson, Eric Kresser, Noah Brindise) and running the 'Noles over (I think you can guess this one), and been John Brantley. Only the latter is a truly ignoble existence.

But as countless examples have shown, when you have two quarterbacks, you really don't have one, unless you're able to use them situationally like Chris Leak and Tim Tebow were in 2006. Driskel and Brissett each have their fans, and probably each have their supporters on the team, and they claim to be friends ... and they can't both start.

One guy has to show he can make all the throws into tight windows that playing against SEC defenses requires. One guy has to be the sort of assiduous keeper of the ball to avoid the turnovers that Will Muschamp hates. One guy has to lead a young offense that will be looking to make a mark with a new system under Brent Pease.

That guy asserting himself as early as possible this fall would be a boost to Florida's chances of competing for an SEC title. But I have no idea who it will be.