October 25, 2011
Florida head coach Will Muschamp said John Brantley will be the starter this weekend against Georgia if he is healthy enough to play.
Brantley is still recovering from the ankle injury he sustained against Alabama in Week 5 and returned to practice for the first time on Monday, in an admittedly limited role.
Muschamp declined to name the backup to Brantley, so if he can't go, there will be another decision to be made between true freshmen Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel.
Here is a comparison of the three quarterbacks' numbers this season:
John Brantley: 66-for-102 (65%), 942 yards, five touchdowns, three interceptions, 152.58 quarterback rating.
Jeff Driskel: 16-for-34 (47%), 148 yards, two interceptions, 71.86 quarterback rating
Jacoby Brissett: 13-for-24 (54%), 139 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions, 91.57 quarterback rating
Brissett's numbers were entirely accumulated during the three-game losing streak, as he played the entire game against LSU and the first half against Auburn. Here are Brantley's and Driskel's numbers during the losing streak, in which Brantley played one half against Alabama, and Driskel played one half against Alabama and another half against Auburn.
John Brantley: 11-for-16 (69%), 190 yards, one touchdown, one interception
Jeff Driskel: 11-for-24 (46%), 89 yards
The numbers don't tell us anything different from what the coaching staff has been saying -- if Brantley is healthy, he provides a noticeable leg up on the two young signal callers.
But if he can't go, Brissett has put up better numbers in his small sample size than Driskel. Though, neither one have been particularly impressive.