Jacoby Brissett, the Gators backup quarterback this past season, has appeared to land at NC State. After announcing his intention to transfer from Florida after the season ended, it wasn’t exactly clear where he intended to go. He had an initial list of 9 teams but settled on a final two of West Virginia and NC State. According to widespread media reports, he has decided to enroll this week at the Raleigh, North Carolina school where he will be eligible to participate in spring practice. He will have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules but will be eligible to play in 2014 with two seasons left to play.
Brissett, was locked in a heated quarterback duel with Jeff Driskel after his freshman season backing up John Brantley but was the odd man out as the staff felt that Driskel’s upside was better than Brissett’s. There were rumors throughout the season that Brissett would transfer but he gave no indication of it while the season was going on repeatedly saying he was happy at Florida. However, after talking to staff, his family, and his former high school coach, Jacoby decided it might be in his best interest to seek greener pastures elsewhere.
By leaving, Brissett leaves the Gators with no experience at the quarterback position after Jeff Driskel. Right now there’s only redshirt sophomore Tyler Murphy and freshman Skylar Mornhinweg behind him with Murphy the only one to take a snap from scrimmage at Florida in mop up duty. The Gators will have 6-6 Max Staver coming in next season as well.
In other notable news, true freshman offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker was arrested on Wednesday on grand theft charges for alleged theft of a moped and driving on an expired license. The grand theft charge is a 3rd degree felony. He was released on his own recognizance on Wednesday from the Alachua County jail and ordered to refrain from contact with the alleged victim in the case.
Dunker’s attorney, Huntley Johnson, said that Dunker’s story is he paid $600 for the scooter and was unaware that it was reported stolen. This one may be difficult to prove either way without a receipt for payment or direct proof he knew the scooter was stolen.
Dunker was expected to compete for a starting job next season on the offensive line, but that remains up in the air until the completion of the legal process. Head coach Will Muschamp was out of town recruiting and said that he would address the situation when he arrives back in Gainesville.
Dunker’s arrest is the 15th since Muschamp took over the football program in 2011.
On Wednesday it was announced that Dan Quinn, the Gators defensive coordinator the last two seasons, was leaving to take the same position with the Seattle Seahawks. Quinn came to Florida from the Seahawks where he was the defensive line coach. After former defensive coordinator Gus Bradley was named the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, there were rumors that Quinn might either succeed Bradley or go to Jacksonville to be his defensive coordinator.
Within hours of Jacksonville’s announcement of Bradley as head coach the Seahawks had announced they had replaced him with Quinn.
“Dan Quinn is an excellent teacher who is familiar with our system and allows us to maintain continuity,” according to Seahawks head coach Pete Carrol. ‘”Dan did a great job for us in 2010 and I’m pleased to get him back.”
Quinn will be sorely missed as he was responsible for coaching up a young, talented defense which finished top five nationally in all major categories this season, including the top rated pass efficiency defense in the country.
“I’m happy for Dan and this opportunity,” according to a statement from Will Muschamp on the school website. “I”ve said before that I always encourage my staff when opportunities arise to take the next step in their career. Dan’s background is in the NFL and this is a great chance to go back to a place he’s familiar with.”
Head coach Will Muchamp wasted no time in promoting linebackers coach and special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin to the defensive coordinator position. This is Durkin’s first experience as a coordinator but rest assured that Muschamp, a former defensive coordinator at several FBS schools, will maintain his own imprint on the defense.
“D.J. and I will run the defense, continuing the way that Dan and I did for the past two years,” Muschamp said. “We will look to add another coach that is the best fit for our staff moving forward.”
As a parting shot, Quinn left this statement for fans,
“My wife Stacey and I loved our time in Gainesville. The last two years have been an awesome experience, working for Will and Mr. Foley and with a bunch of talented, great players and coaches. Even though we’ll be in Seattle, we look forward to keeping track of the Gators in the future.”
With Quinn’s departure the Gators will be looking for another assistant, but it’s unclear at this point if they’ll be looking for a linebacker coach or a different position coach.