Will Muschamp to go with ‘hot hand’ at QB

Florida coach Will Muschamp will play the "hot hand" in a QB rotation that includes Jeff Driskell, right. (AP photo)

Florida coach Will Muschamp will play the “hot hand” in a QB rotation that includes Jeff Driskell, right. (AP photo)

Jeff Driskell or Treon Harris?

They are Florida coach Will Muschamp’s options at QB as the Gators (3-3, 2-2 in the SEC) try to salvage another tough season, and it’s unsure who will start against Missouri on Saturday.

“We’re going to see who has the hot hand and can move the football team and give us the best opportunity to win,” Muschamp said on the SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday. “We’ll make that decision as we go through the game. Both guys have earned the opportunity to play. We’re still kind of going through that in (Wednesday’s) practice and Thursday’s. Kurt and I will sit down Friday morning and make a final decision on what we need to do.”

Driskell has started every game, but has struggled moving the team and has eight interceptions to only six TD passes.

He played well in Florida’s loss to LSU — especially in the fourth quarter (7-for-9 for 131 yards with a TD) until Rickey Jackson picked him off with less than a minute left set up the Tigers’ game-winning field goal in their 30-27 victory.

Driskell also rushed for 71 yards against LSU.

Harris, a freshman who led the Gators on their game-winning drive at Tennessee, was suspended for last week’s game while under investigation for a sexual battery allegation that was dropped.

Fortunately for the Gators, Missouri QB Maty Mauk is having his own problems.

He threw four interceptions and lost a fumble in a 34-0 loss to Georgia.

Coach Gary Pinkel has no plans to go with another QB.

Mauk threw for 295 yards and a TD in Missouri’s 36-17 victory over Florida last year and has a fan in Muschamp (who would probably love it if Mauk was at Florida).

“I think he’s a very good player,” Muschamp said. “He’s a guy who can make all the throws. He’s got extreme arm talent. He can throw it with touch. He can zip it when he needs to. He’s got great legs. … He has great command of their offense and what they’re doing and how they’re doing it. I think he needs to get a little more help around him.”

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