July 2, 2013

The F Club: Brindise discusses Driskel, offense






Over the course of the summer, Inside the Gators will be catching up with former Florida players to discuss the past and present of the positions they played at UF. Up today is quarterback Noah Brindise.



Background: A three-year letter-winner at Florida, Brindise was a member of the 1996 national championship team before playing as part of Steve Spurrier's quarterback rotation in 1997. He was 40 of 83 for 695 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions that season. He went on to coach from 1998-2007, with stops including Florida (graduate assistant), the Washington Redskins (QB coach), East Carolina (offensive coordinator) and UNLV (offensive coordinator).



Brindise currently works as a distributor for an orthopedic company in Florida.



Assessment of the current quarterback situation: "The coaches did a really good job of understanding what kind of offensive team they were and what Jeff Driskel was going to have around him in terms of the limited skill-position players. The strengths were in Mike Gillislee's running. I think they did a good job with their selection of Jeff Driskel, realizing that he can make plays with his legs, and that the passing game was kind of going to be an afterthought in that offense due to the fact that there were very few skilled wide receivers that were playing. They did a good job with Jeff. He made a lot of plays with his legs. He's got a lot of improving to do in terms of being a pocket passer. I don't think we'll get to the next level until we develop a better pocket-passing offense."

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