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Brissett to start against Auburn on Saturday

Florida coach Will Muschamp announced Friday that true freshman quarterback Jacoby Brissett will make his second consecutive start against Auburn this Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Brissett was battling with fellow freshman Jeff Driskel in practice this week, and Muschamp said the ankle injury that kept Driskel from dressing last week at LSU was not an issue. Florida has had to turn to inexperienced options after fifth-year senior John Brantley went down with an unspecified lower leg injury against Alabama. 

Brissett completed 8 of 14 passes for 94 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in his debut against LSU last week. Driskel has looked shaky in limited action, completing 7 of 16 passes with two interceptions. 

Coaches said Driskel is healthy, and if possible, they plan to play both quarterbacks against Auburn. I wouldn't expect Driskel to play meaningful snaps in the game, however, unless Florida is well behind, or Brissett is struggling, or both.

Expect Mike Gillislee to get the start at running back ahead of Chris Rainey, while the Gators offense once again tries to establish a running game to protect the quarterback. Gillislee was effective against LSU, rushing for 56 yards on nine carries, mainly between the tackles — where Rainey and Jeff Demps have struggled. 


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