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Will Dan Mullen fix Gators decade-long quarterback problem?

Dan Mullen

To say there is pressure on new Gator head coach Dan Mullen to solve the decade-long quarterback issue at the University of Florida would be an understatement. After all, in Mullen’s first tenure in Gainesville as offensive coordinator from 2005-2008, he was winning SEC and national championships with quarterbacks Chris Leak and Tim Tebow.

In fact, Leak and Tebow are just two of a long line of terrific college quarterbacks to wear the orange and blue.

From Steve Spurrier to Kerwin Bell, Shane Matthews to Danny Wuerffel, Rex Grossman up to Leak and Tebow, finding terrific quarterback play at the University of Florida was not a challenge, but a standard.

Times have a way of changing.

Ever since Tim Tebow graduated from Florida following the 2009 season, Florida has trotted out 11 different starting quarterbacks.

Eleven different starting quarterbacks in the past eight seasons, let that sink in for a moment.

Needless to say, not one of those 11 quarterbacks has come anywhere close to getting Florida back on top of the college football heap.

Here is a quick look at the 11 different quarterbacks who have started games for the Gators since the start of the 2010 season.

John Brantley 2008-2011

Brantley appeared in 40 games over his four-year career in Gainesville, but became best known to Gator fans when he took over the reins from Tim Tebow in 2010. During his career at Florida, Brantley threw for 4750 yards and 30 touchdowns, but he never did live up to the five-star billing he had coming out of high school.

Jeff Driskel 2011-2014

Driskel started or played in 29 games for the Gators from 2011-2014. He threw for just over 3400 yards with 23 touchdowns. Driskel was also dangerous as a runner, gaining 649 yards and scoring nine rushing touchdowns in his career in Gainesville. Driskel had the best season as a Gator starting quarterback since the days of Tebow, when in 2012 he threw for over 1600 yards and 12 touchdowns in leading the team to a Sugar Bowl appearance.

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