BOCA RATON – Entering the final game of the season, FAU’s quarterback controversy has faded into the twilight that is another disappearing, disappointing season.
For the first time in a month, Saturday’s game at MTSU may be Jason Driskel’s and only Jason Driskel’s.
In recent weeks comments from FAU coach Charlie Partridge’s and offensive coordinator Travis Trickett’s pertained to which quarterback the Owls would choose to start.
This week the question seems to be whether Daniel Parr will play at all.
“We’ll take a look at practice this week and see if that merits Daniel getting that time again there in the third series,” Partridge said. “We intend to do it.”
A win at MTSU would allow the Owls to complete the season with a 4-8 record, which after consecutive 3-9 seasons would be the high-water mark in Partridge’s three years.
“We need to do whatever we can to put ourselves in the best position to win a game,” Partridge said.
FAU began putting Daniel Parr behind center for the third offensive series back on Oct. 9 against Charlotte.
Against Rice, three weeks later and one week after Western Kentucky limited the Owls to 77 passing yards, FAU gave Parr the first start of his career.
Rather than launching the beginning of the Parr Era, that actually signaled a decline in Parr’s playing time.
Including that start against Rice, Parr has only seen 13 snaps over the past three games, completing one of his six passes for four yards along with throwing his first career interception.
Driskel relieved Parr on the third series of that Rice game and has since taken firm hold of the starting role. In those same three games Driskel has thrown for 769, three touchdowns and one interception.
“Daniel has to continue, and he’s done a great job Monday through Friday of developing and getting better,” Trickett said. “On Saturday, sometimes he’s a victim of circumstance.”
While it still seems likely that Parr will receive a series on Saturday, Driskel has clearly widened the gap between himself a Parr over the final month.
Even if Parr doesn’t get a series against the Blue Raiders, both Partridge and Parr remain high on him for the coming years.
“If we didn’t think Daniel Parr couldn’t be a great player we wouldn’t give him a series,” Trickett said.