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Driskel beats out Parr to be named Florida Atlantic’s starting QB

August 24, 2016

Jason Driskel has been named Florida Atlantic’s starting quarterback, beating out Daniel Parr in a heated offseason competition.

The quarterbacks met with Coach Charlie Partridge and Offensive Coordinator Travis Trickett late Tuesday afternoon, where they were informed of the decision about who will run the new up-tempo, no-huddle offense for the Owls, who are coming off back-to-back 3-9 seasons.

“The entire body of work from January until now has been taken into account to make the decision,” Partridge said. “As we approach game week, the recent performances were weighted more heavily. We anticipate and expect both to continue to prepare and compete as if they were starting.”

Driskel, a redshirt sophomore who started two games and saw action in eight others last season, also said he expects the competition will continue.

“The thing about playing football, it is such a physical sport, you are one play away, especially at quarterback,” said Driskel, who passed for three touchdowns and four interceptions while replacing starter Jaquez Johnson when he was limited by an ankle injury.

“You have to prepare like you are playing every snap for 14 games this season and I’m sure Daniel will feel the same way.”

Driskel, the younger brother of former Florida starter Jeff Driskel, said he has a really good relationship with Parr.

“Obviously in the same position room, you are friends with all of the guys, especially at quarterback when there are five of us. You can really see each person’s personalities come out,” Driskel said.

Parr, a redshirt freshman who led Dwyer to the Class 7A state championship in 2013, said he will prepare to be ready to play if Driskel goes down.

“Whatever string you are, you have to prepare each week like you are a starter,” Parr said. “Depending on what happens in the game between injuries or performance, you have to be prepared.”

Parr added that he has a good relationship with Driskel.

“We have been able to learn from each other, especially when I first got here,” he said. “As a freshman, I was able to learn from all the quarterbacks and have gained from their experience. Overall, it has definitely been very good.”