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For Jacoby Brissett, the path to the NFL goes through Florida State

Jacoby Brissett is no stranger to the Florida State Seminoles.

In 2011, as a true freshman at the University of Florida, Brissett came on in relief duty for injured starter John Brantley and tossed a touchdown and an interception in a 21-7 Florida loss in Gainesville.

In 2012, he watched on the sidelines as Jeff Driskel engineered a 4th quarter comeback as the Florida Gators beat Florida State 37-20 in Doak Campbell Stadium.

In 2013, after transferring to North Carolina State, Brissett drove himself to Tallahassee to watch his new team fall 49-17 to the eventual national champion Seminoles.

In 2014, Brissett threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns as his Wolfpack nearly upset #1 Florida State in Raleigh.

Finally, this Saturday, Brissett will play his final game against Florida State in a collegiate career that has seen him go from second fiddle at Florida to an eventual NFL draft pick at NC State.

Brissett was a part of the 2011 recruiting class and committed to Florida and Will Muschamp despite 5-star quarterback Jeff Driskel a part of the same class. He and Brissett split playing time during their true freshman season before Muschamp decided on Driskel as his full-time starter in 2012. Brissett transferred to NC State after the season, leaving Florida to flop to a 4-8 season shortly afterwards.

Following a 3-9 record in 2013, NC State was encouraged by the growth of Brissett during his redshirt season and named him the starter for the 2014 season. In return, Brissett rewarded them with an 8-5 record and a win over Central Florida in the St. Petersburg Bowl. He passed for 2,606 yards and 23 touchdowns and rushed for 529 yards and another three scores. This season, Brissett has accumulated 1,798 passing yards and 16 total touchdowns and NC State sits at 6-3 as they travel to Doak Campbell Stadium.

If Deshaun Watson from Clemson is the best quarterback Florida State will face this year, than Jacoby Brissett is a close second. Brissett has NFL scouts drooling over his size, strength and arm talent. His arm is arguably his biggest asset and he uses his big frame well, putting momentum and torque behind his throws. As Florida State fans remember from last year, he is tough to bring down and displays Jameis Winstion-like ability to extend plays despite defenders hanging all over him. He is very mobile for his size and also runs the option very well.

But Brissett is not without flaws. His deep ball leaves much to be desired and scouts will knock him for putting the ball behind his receivers on those throws. He also displays some questionable accuracy and his tape reveals throws that are too far in front of receivers or in the ground. One of the biggest questions surrounding Brissett is his ability to handle pressure. NC State does not have the best offensive line in college football and Brissett does a good job of stepping up in the pocket to avoid the rush, but he will often step up into pressure instead of rolling out. Currently, Brissett is viewed as a second day prospect but his stock could rise with a good performance at the Senior Bowl.

Jacoby Brissett is no stranger to Florida State. He’s prepared for them four times now in his college career and suited up twice in different uniforms. This weekend’s game will be one of the final steps in his collegiate career that has seen up and down moments. A future NFL quarterback, Jacoby Brissett will likely give Florida State one of its toughest games on the season.

(picture credit: Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Dakota Moyer
Florida State student and writer for NoleGameday.

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