College football teams might not win or lose games this time of year, but a quarterback certainly can win or lose a starting job in the spring months.
Here are some of the top QB storylines to monitor in the five power conferences, including a potential rebound at Florida, a Heisman winner playing baseball and rising stars in the Big Ten and Big 12.
1. Jeff Driskel, Florida
Every position, including quarterback, is open when you go 4-8 at Florida. That was what embattled coach Will Muschamp told me a couple of weeks ago when I asked about Driskel and the other QBs, including Elite 11 early enrollee Will Grier.
That comment aside, Muschamp spent very little time talking about Grier, Skyler Mornhinweg and Treon Harris (yet to enroll). Instead, he was explicit in his hope for Driskel to deliver, finally.
“I’m excited for him and for us,” Muschamp said of Driskel coming back from the broken leg that caused him to miss most of 2013. “He had a great spring, great camp [in 2013] and then got hurt. He’s never had a chance to show what we’ve seen.”
With Muschamp seated squarely on the hot seat, it’s obviously a pivotal year at Florida. Driskel’s success, working with new coordinator Kurt Roper, could be instrumental in deciding the fates of many.
Muschamp said he already has witnessed good vibes shared between QB and coordinator since Roper arrived. He noted, too, that Roper has a track record of solid quarterback development.