Florida on Sunday confirmed multiple reports stating sophomore quarterback Jacoby Brissett will transfer from the program.
Brissett battled for the starting job in spring and fall camps with fellow sophomore Jeff Driskel, but Driskel won the job following the season opener against Bowling Green. In December, coach Will Muschamp confirmed that Driskel had done enough during the season to earn the job going forward, saying there was no foreseeable situation in which Driskel was not the starter in 2013.
Cue Brissett's transfer.
Additionally, Florida announced in the same release that reserve running back/linebacker Chris Johnson will also transfer. Johnson will leave Gainesville with the dubious memory of being ejected from his last game, as he was flagged for unsportsmanlike and subsequently kicked out of the Gators loss in the Sugar Bowl for throwing a punch at a Louisville player following a failed onside kick attempt to start the third quarter.
“Both Jacoby and Chris expressed an interest in transferring and getting a fresh start,” Muschamp said in the release. “We are very thankful for their contributions to the University of Florida and wish them the best of luck.”
According to reports, Brissett, a Dwyer High alum, will look to transfer to West Virginia, Louisville, Arkansas or NC State. Brissett was heavily recruited by Miami out of high school, and his mother was upset that he chose to go to Florida, but as of now it does not appear that the Hurricanes are in his future plans.
The Gators will now likely look to sign another quarterback in this recruiting class, which will be finalized in early February. Behind Driskel, the options are rather slim with redshirt sophomore Tyler Murphy, freshman Skyler Mornhinweg and incoming three-star recruit Max Staver.