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Gators going with Driskel as starting QB

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 10:56 AM

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After seven months of practice and workouts, four weeks of camp and one game, No.23 Florida has decided on a starting quarterback.

It could be settled for the entire season, too.

Coach Will Muschamp said Monday that Jeff Driskel will start Saturday’s Southeastern Conference opener at Texas A&M, adding that "it’s good to move forward with naming one guy and go with it."

Muschamp picked Driskel over fellow sophomore Jacoby Brissett partly because of Driskel’s mobility.

"Just feel like Jeff with his legs gives us some different variables in our offense that can helps us as we move forward," Muschamp said. "So it’ll be Jeff’s game to play. I told Jeff, ‘I don’t want you looking over your shoulder, but you need to play well.’"

Driskel completed 10 of 16 passes for 114 yards in Saturday’s season opener against Bowling Green, including a 50-yard touchdown pass to Frankie Hammond that helped seal the 27-14 victory.

Brissett started the opener, but played just 11 snaps. He completed three of five passes for 31 yards.

INJURY UPDATE: OL Matt Patchan (Armwood High) continues to struggle with a pectoral muscle and likely will miss the Texas A&M game.

David Jones of Florida Today contributed to this report.

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