January 6th, 2013 03:30pm

Dwyer’s Dixon bothered by Brissett leaving


Dixon unofficially visited UF for the LSU game on Oct. 6. (Photo by Fox Sports Next)

Johnnie Dixon of Palm Beach Gardens is one of the top in-state receivers for the 2014 class.

Florida is thought to be the early favorite for the 6-foot, 175-pound speedster.

But Jack Daniels, his high school coach, believes the chances of him coming to UF took a hit Sunday with the news of former Dwyer quarterback Jacoby Brissett transferring from the football program.

“Johhnie is a Gator fan,” Daniels said. “The only thing that I thought would keep him from going to Florida is Jacoby leaving, so I’m not sure what will happen now. They are like brothers and Johnnie really wanted to play with him.”

Dixon hasn’t eliminated UF, but Brissett’s departure is a big blow for him.

“I’m still considering Florida, but it does bother me about Jacoby,” Dixon said. “If I were to go to Florida, he was going to be my mentor. I’ve known him for years and we’re really close. So it does hurt them with him gone, but I’m not dropping them or anything like that.”

Brissett is the third Dwyer player in the last two seasons to leave UF. Receiver Robert Clark and tight end Gerald Christian transferred to Lousiville in 2011. Junior safety Matt Elam, who was part of the same recruiting class as Clark and Christian, announced Wednesday that he will enter the NFL Draft.

Daniels said despite the recent history of his former players who signed with Florida, he won’t discourage Dixon from joining the Gators. He just wants him to make an educated decision.

“I won’t tell him not to go to Florida,” Daniels said. “But three of the last four players I’ve sent there have transferred, and two are going to be in the NFL one day. So I think he needs to make sure that Florida is the right for him and not just go because he roots for the Gators.”

Dixon doesn’t feel he would transfer if he went to UF because he’s going to see the field.

“I can’t really make my decision based on what happened with others,” Dixon said. “Those guys left because they weren’t playing enough, but I shouldn’t have that problem because Florida needs receivers. The coaches told me I’m one of their top targets at the position. So as long as I have an opportunity, I’ll be fine.”

Dixon claims no leaders at the this time and has over 10 offers, including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Ohio State. He will attend Miami’s Junior Day this month and plans to return to UF in the summer for a camp.

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  1. January 6th, 2013 3:47 pm

    I’d be interested to know who the transfers were and the circumstances.

    by fkh

  2. January 6th, 2013 3:48 pm

    I listed them in the story, and Dixon said they left UF due to lack of playing time.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  3. January 6th, 2013 3:59 pm

    Sorry Zach, I just skimmed the article. Thanks for the follow up.

    by fkh

  4. January 6th, 2013 4:16 pm

    I really thought Brissett had a chance this summer. sad

    by J

  5. January 6th, 2013 4:37 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Brissett go to Kansas, ain’t that where Weis is at?? Don’t believe Muschamp gave him a fair shot, Jacoby was not his recruit…

    by Jhett

  6. January 6th, 2013 4:39 pm

    the coach is the one telling Jacoby to leave and now is acting surprised.

    by g8ter27

  7. January 6th, 2013 5:03 pm

    I just don’t understand how our coaching staff could not see this coming. I thought we’d play both QBs and after we settled on one, we’d get the other in for 1-2 meaningful series here and there to keep them both sharp; for sure we’d give the backup plenty of mop up duty…but NONE OF THAT ever happened. Rather than shoot for mop up possibilities we played conservative, concealed our passing weakness and won ugly. When #12 finally did get a start we shut down our offense before the game ever started! The perfect opportunity to ATTEMPT to have an offensive explosion and build some confidence – and we passed on it. And finally the Sugar Bowl…how could we not put the guy in for a change of pace, a spark, a chance to allow Jeff to see the game and be coached at the same time???? What would Spurrier do? After all that, Pease and Muschamp both interview saying they didn’t expect #12 to leave and they thought he was happy??? C’mon man! Now in the 11th hour we have to convince someone that we’ll give them a fair shot to come in and win the job or earn playing time…with the guys already there, Max Staver already committed and Will Grier committed for 2014. Wish us luck. Coaches are doing exactly what we all hate to see Jeff do, reacting vs anticipating. C’mon Coach, ‘you’re the King of the Jungle.’

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  8. January 6th, 2013 5:04 pm

    I’m not surprised at Brissett leaving. I don’t think he got a raw deal. It was an honest competition and its hard to argue with the result. I do think Christian and Clark left too soon. Christian might be the starting Gator TE had he stayed, especially now with Reed leaving. And God knows we could have used Clark at WR. They gave up on the Gators too soon. Hope that doesn’t dissuade Dixon from coming.

    by jpgator

  9. January 6th, 2013 5:09 pm

    @g8ter27, his HS Coach said JB wanted to go for a while now. I’m sure his HS coach endorses the decision but this was a no brainer.

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  10. January 6th, 2013 5:23 pm

    That he didn’t just up and quit in the middle of the season is a good testiment to his character. Does make you wonder if some of the Dwyer kids felt a little bit of thinking that they should’ve deserved they’re playing time instead of earning it. Matt Elam earned it and now is off to the NFL…if i’m lucky, to the Steelers. The others just couldn’t earn they’re spot and left to go somewhere that they might get it quicker. JB worked to earn the spot, and for whatever reason (not for people not involved with decision making to state), he lost out and couldn’t get the time back. He gave it a chance, and hopefully will get another shot at a new school. I hope he finds what he needs and is successful.

    by Corey

  11. January 6th, 2013 5:46 pm

    Brissett is a class act! I am sure that he will do well wherever he decides to go. I hope that he does great things and makes our coaching staff regret not giving him an opportunity. We can all see that Jeff can’t throw the ball. I know that they do not expect for him to be any better next year. All is can do is run, point blank

    by GatorDimp

  12. January 6th, 2013 6:03 pm

    @TigerCat- The coaching staff did see this coming as well as everyone else……..@Jhett- How can anyone possibly state that he wasn’t given a fair shot. It was an open competition going back to the middle of last season. But, Muschamp can only pick one. I like Jacoby too, but his presence on the field isn’t going to make the OL pass protect any better nor get the receivers open any quicker……Everyone wants to hammer Jeff for Wednesday nights debacle, but everytime Bridgewater threw to a receiver there wasn’t a UF defender within 10 yards; everytime Jeff threw a pass receivers were blaketed by L’ville defenders. Maybe with it being hard to see the whole field on TV, Driskel could have been throwing to the wrong guys, but my guess is our guys just don’t know how to get open. Now, it looks like we finally have the OL class we’ve been waiting for and a couple of bigger receivers. Hopefully Pease will turn things around.

    by scooterp

  13. January 6th, 2013 6:27 pm

    Muschamp did NOT give Brisset a fair shot. Driskell has only digressed as a QB…we are hurting going into next year.

    by Gator jam

  14. January 6th, 2013 6:31 pm

    How about not worrying about losing someone who DOES NOT want to be here or not being a team player and try to earn his way to a starting position, and start recruiting kids who do?

    Just sayin.

    by Don

  15. January 6th, 2013 7:39 pm

    @scooterp, if we saw this come (as EVERYONE should have) why haven’t we put a potential starter in this years class via high school, transfer or JUCO? Who do we turn to when/if Jeff continues to struggle mentally? If you were a top notch QB looking at our situation and we started showing you interest today…would you jump on board? You have to play your cards (with an “s” as in plural) to get the best result. Our coaches have gone all in on Jeff and at this point it doesn’t look good, but let’s see, hopefully they know something I/we don’t…

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  16. January 6th, 2013 7:42 pm

    Do, I know (just like me) that is your opinion about Jacoby not wanting to be here and not wanting to EARN a starting position. But just go back and look at the majority of posters saying his character being high and STICKING with the team and being a TEAM PLAYER. The COACHES say these same things about Jacoby. Don’t down the player because he thinks he can do better elsewhere. NONE of us know the TRUE situation, most of us are going by what the COACHES have told us. That is these two QB’s were “NECK and NECK’ in the competition. That doesn’t sound like someone that is not trying to EARN a spot on the field. It sounds more like someone not given ENOUGH opportunities when the situation presented itself to let the other EQUALLY QUALIFIED candidate perform. Scooter P, I respect you and your post from way back, and you are right about jeff not seeing open receivers, In MY opinion he was going through his progressions too slow to see the receivers when they were open. Jeff has to grow up real soon, he can never say that he was not given a fair shake. I love the job our coaches have done and I know they will get better too, but it doesn’t mean the don’t or haven’t made mistakes. They have and I know tonight they realise it. Let us ALL realize that these are just each others OPINIONS and we should respect other peoples opinions, you don’t have to agree with them but don’t get NASTY with each other because you disagree. GO GATORS!!!!


  17. January 6th, 2013 7:44 pm

    In my opinion, the only thing that is going to hurt the Gators is at depth! Briskett wasn’t even mentioned until Weis came to Florida! Driskell was the top dual quarterback coming out of high school! It reminds me of the Dallas Cowboys back in 1989! They had the top pick and drafted Troy Aikman and drafted Steve Walsh in the supplemental draft! Walsh won the only game the Cowboys won that year but reality set in and they kept Aikman and traded Walsh to New Orleans! How did that work out? Driskell had a bad game but that was after not playing a game in a month! Reminds me again about how the buckeyes were going to kill the Gators! How did that turn out? He is young! He made mistakes! Even the best take time until they get better! See John Elway! It takes time!!!!! Pretty good consdering 90% of Gators fans thought they wouldn’t win 8 games!

    by Slickgator

  18. January 6th, 2013 8:19 pm

    Slickgator, I don’t think anyone here is bashing Jeff for having a BAD game, as you said everyone has them. If you look at the post I believe some of the people are saying if you have two QUALIFIED players with equal ability and one is not getting it done see if your other player can come in and HELP the TEAM. All the statistics and situations about Elway and Aikman just prove the point that someone can come in and get the job done when your best guy can’t. Walsh only won game, we only needed one win. The thing about the Buckeyes I don’t get. I’m assuming you are talking about the NC game way back when? Just saying READ the post and rationalize what others are saying. By the way where did you get that 90% statistic from?? GO GATORS!!!!


  19. January 6th, 2013 8:19 pm

    Slick, problem is we run a pro style offense. It reminds me of Dallas and Romo…can’t get it done when it count. Driskel is our QB but he had more than a bad game. He continues to not make the mental leap needed to get where we want to go. Driskel is good, very good, but if you can’t lead your team and be accurate, you can’t expect others to play with comfort and confidence. Our offense has problems all over but the QB is key… like it or not it all starts and ends there. Without a competent QB, facing the 9 man box and blitzes that are sure to come, we’re lucky if we win 8. Hope Jeff improves fast but what he’s missing is usually something a guy has or doesn’t.

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  20. January 6th, 2013 8:41 pm

    TigerCat ZeroZero, you are just on it. I don’t believe the gang on ESPN could have given a better analysis. GO GATORS!!!!


  21. January 6th, 2013 9:12 pm

    Ok, so a few Dwyer kids left lately. Others have done well. Elam going NFL. If Dixon is as good as people think, he can change the perception of the Gators offense and go NFL too.

    by JCGator

  22. January 6th, 2013 11:39 pm

    Both QBs were at a disadvantge this year and neither should be harshly judged. JB and JD both had to start over with a new OC in as many years.
    It isn’t until the second year in the same system that a QB usually goes from knowng the playbook to owning it in their subconscious. Given that fact it is understandable that the QB with the better running ability would win out in a tight competition. I truly wish JB the very best of best and will cheer JD on to becoming the QB we all know that he can become.

    by Tampa UF ALUM Dad

  23. January 7th, 2013 3:47 am

    Thank you Creek Gator…we seem to share the same mind frame on these issues. I ran into a Big Gator tonight with friends ‘on the inside’ and he swears JB had the coaches believing he was staying put…”ARE YOU KIDDING ME” was my response! He believes JD had ONE bad game and suggest our WRs and OL are the reason for our offensive failures…I disagreed. When I told him we are looking to get Asiantii Woulard in the fold he adamantly argued “NO! Pease does not like him!” I advised he follow you Zach! He and I both agreed despite how much we love our Gators, we would not allow our own kid to join this year’s class as QB . I expressed my concern for facing 9 men in the box and blitz pressure next season and he brushed it off. He agrees Driskel is not ready to get where we are trying to go and that a guy either has the mental ability or he doesn’t but he assures me we will be fine…I don’t know what inside connections he has to be so assured, but even if he talks with Muschamp directly, I am no where near his optimism.

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  24. January 7th, 2013 3:57 am

    BTW, I ran into JaJuan Story ealier today. Kid looks GREAT. He is looking forward to renewing his career at TCU. I let him know I wish he was still on the good team and that I will follow his career regardless. Hate we missed on that monster…watch him play and see his size and you will know exactly what I’m talking about! Joker you missed out on a good one!

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  25. January 7th, 2013 6:24 am

    “I won’t tell him not to go to Florida,” Daniels said. “But three of the last four players I’ve sent there…”

    That you’ve SENT there? It’s obvious that Daniels is full of himself. He isn’t “sending” anybody anywhere. He just happens to be a good coach at a football factory that uses gray area admission requirements. Ultimately kids and their families make the choice so he should just shut up. Man I’m getting sick of this guy’s arrogance.

    by V02max

  26. January 7th, 2013 8:04 am

    Why would he transfer Louisviville when they have the best QB in college football.

    by npgator

  27. January 7th, 2013 8:24 am

    @V02max, HS coaches are very important to recruiting. If you do not believe this then you do not understand recruiting at all. What relationships do think the coaches are building first? The HS coaches are the ones who call and say to the coach responsible for an area “hey I have a kid that” is very good.
    The bigger issue is when recruits get an impression that there is not a fair chance to win a job. The other schools will use this against UF by saying “if you go to UF, you will not get a fair chance”. Read the post where Alvin Bailey said he was glad that Joker Phillips was the new receiver coach and there will be no favorites and everyone starts on an even keel. The offense has several components that need work properly for success. (1) The QB must understand the play called and make site adjustments, (2) the center must make line adjustments (blocking) and (3) the wide receivers also need to make adjustments.
    I would agree that JD has to get better by knowing when you see 8 or 9 man front then the only two defenses that could be played is cover 1 or cover 2. The wr(s) have to also count and see if the defense is strong his side and break off the called route and go to a hot “slant” or “down and in”. The weak side wr need to know he must get off and into his route in 2 seconds. The OL must protect inside first. Go Gators!!!

    by theduke1906

  28. January 7th, 2013 8:27 am

    @npgator, He will sit out a year and learn the offense and Bridgewater would be gone to the NFL when he will be a RSJ or RSR

    by theduke1906

  29. January 7th, 2013 10:55 am

    lol…you guys are killing me. I don’t care if Tom Brady was the QB behind that line and with that receiving corp last Wednesday, you’re not going to be effective moving the ball if no one is open. Yes, Driskel did not play well, but much of it was through no fault of his own. When the pocket collapses early and often the way ours did, I don’t see how Jacoby could have made a difference. WM made his choice with the QB and the coaching staff is still trying to figure out ways to put him in a better position to be successfull…..let it play out.

    by scooterp

  30. January 7th, 2013 11:49 am

    I wish Muschamp and Pease could have given Brissett some playing time in the Sugar Bowl, enough for him to feel part of the team and contribute. I believe in college football today, there are times in every game when the #2 quarterback should be put into the game, to give the #1 guy some time on the sideline to watch and observe, plus the pressure it puts on the defense to have to prepare and align themselves to face 2 QB’s. I have never believed in giving 1 guy most all of the snaps. I think if he had meaningful snaps during the season he would have stayed at Fla.

    by GoGator

  31. January 7th, 2013 3:56 pm

    ACTION PLAN: 1. Cut as many tenths off JD’s processing, understanding and anticipation. We could gain almost a full second in this area alone. 2. We build a mountain of an OL that buys us/JD a few more tenths of time. 3. We load up on WRs who defenses can’t cover for ‘long’ periods as well as ones that are difficult to cover in space. We appear to have accomplished 2 of the 3. Now, the “backup QB competition” or is/or will it become a “QB competition”? It should be interesting.

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  32. January 7th, 2013 5:45 pm

    Daniels has no idea if two of these guys will be in the NFL. He can say he thinks or believes it. They could get injured etc. No one really knows. He’s definitely too much. For some reason every time I read his name I want to have a drink. It’s because of the stuff he says and I’m being polite.

    by steveob

  33. January 7th, 2013 6:37 pm

    The current players on UF leaving and clearly not NFL ready should be a big read flag to incoming recruits. Good luck selling UF to the kids who grew up idolizing the guys who have left UF. There are players from that Dwyer team(Nick O’leary and Curt Magitt) who are starters elsewhere. They were strong Gator leans that loved UF but signed with there second choices. They knew they were starters whereever they chose to sign. Kids also will put up with the “arrogance” of coaches who have won championships because they have proven results. For those who know anything about recruiting you know elationships with the high school coahes is critical.

    by Gbreaker1

  34. January 7th, 2013 9:27 pm

    Scooterp, you know I have mad respect for most of your opinions, but I think you are being short sighted in your last post.I think most of us are saying the staff (and they are doing a good job) throughout the year should have given Jacoby more playing time. I don’t think the kid ever felt like he was a part of this team. All of the coaches were saying there is no drop off between the two QB’s and that WE can win with EITHER, and you NEVER get a shot at any playing time even when the number 1 guy is struggling. I don’t know what Tom Bradey could have done in the Sugar Bowl for whatever reason, But try something to get a spark. Again we are not JUST talking about the Sugar Bowl game, there had to be other opportunities to get the kid some playing time since you (coaches ) say you can win with either and they are “neck and Neck” in their oerformances. I really can’t see how they did not think Brissett would be leaving after getting no playing time (essentially) this year. The kid had nothing to look forward to, so he left and should have under the circumstances. GO GATORS!!!!


  35. January 8th, 2013 3:19 pm

    I counted out loud during the Sugar Bowl 5 to 6 seconds,
    each time Driskel took a snap,
    he either got sacked or threw to his first option 80 to 90 % of the time.
    Most of the time the first option was covered but I saw other guys open,
    Driskel stares down receivers, and doesn’t go through his reads very well,
    and no 5 to 6 seconds of protection is not on the O-line.

    by GaToRcHomP

  36. January 9th, 2013 6:44 pm

    When you bring two talented QB’s in the same class, one will be unhappy. End of story! Thanks Charlie. For anyone to say that Brissett did not get a fair chance without being at all the pracitces is ridiculous! We went 11-2 with Driskell. That is not good enough for a team that was supposed to lose 4-5 games? I will agree that our O was not stellar, but it is silly not to understand how Boom approached the gameplan. He played to our strength on D and with depth and then pounded teams in the fourth. How else would you approach and gameplan with the offensive talent on hand? Get a grip. We were 11-1 going and ranked 3rd. We did lay a big fat ugly egg in the bowl. That is attitude and it needs to change. We are not that good yet…. However, it will come.

    by kevin hoffman

  37. January 9th, 2013 8:00 pm

    First you should make sure that UF is good for your education, then rooting for the Gators is important as is your opportunity to play.

    by Vulcan Alex

  38. January 10th, 2013 4:02 am

    I believe JB got a chance, but not being a runner he had to be SO MUCH better at hitting receivers, pocket presence, reading defenses, managing the offense and being the field general for his coaches. Not really a fair shake! Having said that, I still think (and Hope) that the game will slow down for Jeff. Maybe it is just taking a little longer for him to catch up to the speed of the college game. I thing it was Johnny Unitas who didn’t catch up to the speed of the game until his fourth or fifth year in the NFL. And give Jeff a second year with Pease, please!

    by TK

  39. January 10th, 2013 8:45 pm

    Great to get last two recruits / de-commits ND LB & Clemson WR. Both are EE & position of need. Hope Dixon joins program (maybe Joker can bring him in)

    JD results speak for themselves 11-1. WM decision to play JD with 11-1 results makes all this after the fact talk meaningless.

    Every school recruits QB / QB’s every year.

    I wish the best for JB. He should go to Louisville.
    He will sit out a year then become starter. HS buddies Christian & Clark on team.


  40. January 10th, 2013 9:05 pm

    The scree refreshed while i was writing. I guess i took to long.
    Is there a way to recover? Or do you just have to do over?


  41. January 10th, 2013 9:14 pm

    Relating to the JD / JB QB discussion I believe JB got more opportunity to become starter than he or anyone else should expect.
    Typically team selects the starter no later than the spring game.
    They do this because they want the starter to be ready.
    UF did not name starter until game two.
    The result is that we had two QB’s that were not ready for SEC games
    Can anyone name a major school that did not pick starter until game two?.


  42. January 10th, 2013 9:21 pm

    Three years ago UG recruited two top QB’s.
    One QB was named starter & has been starter for 3 years.
    The other one Tx out & is now starting QB at LSU.
    These two QB’s are not unlike JD & JB.

    Jb should TX to Louisville /Strong and play with his buddies christian & clark.
    He will have to sit out a year, Then Start at QB, when Bridgewater turns pro early.


  43. January 10th, 2013 9:29 pm

    For those of you that think JB was the better QB, then you do not remember poorly thrown passes & too many Interceptions.

    He did read def better than JD, but his results were not better.

    I do wish him great luck.
    He seems to be a great great kid and deserves an opportunity at another school like Louisville. I feel he will have great results at Louisville.


  44. January 11th, 2013 4:29 pm

    damn, so many gator fans bashing the gators? All i got to say is….Not a true fan. I’d never bash my team. Just like players dont bash their coaches. with that said, Be ready Toledo. Go Gators!

    by Gator Bait

  45. January 15th, 2013 5:30 pm

    Many factors involved in this situation. I would have hoped JB would have played more, but we were never able to get far enough ahead on the score to allow JB time to execute. I hope he finds another team he is happy with. He would be wasting his time at Kansas for sure………Go Gators!!!!!!

    by Ray

  46. January 15th, 2013 9:31 pm

    driskel didn’t improve much during the year and had terrible games against georgia and louisville. He better step it up big or muschamp may go with that redshirt freshman.

    by masco

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