BOCA RATON – Daniel Parr’s recent success in games hasn’t done much to close the gap between him and starting quarterback Jason Driskel.
“There’s a reason why Jason is the starter right now,” FAU offensive coordinator Travis Trickett said. “Daniel is developing. Daniel is going to be a great player. He’s not there yet.”
Parr led FAU to a touchdown on his lone drive against Marshall on Saturday – one of the three touchdowns the Owls posted against the Thundering Herd.
Two of his last three drives found the end zone for the Owls, dating back to the game against Charlotte.
How much of a difference Parr’s insertion into the lineup made is a matter for debate. In the drive against Marshall, Parr completed two of three passes for 24 yards. Six rushing plays covered the remaining 65 yards, the final one being Devin Singletary’s 48-yard touchdown burst.
The Owls inserted Parr into the game for the third possession of the first half in each of the past two games, allowing him to operate under a limited playbook. He also played three series in the second half against Charlotte.
“If he was six for eight on the drive [against Marshall] and was boom, boom, boom, boom boom, with the momentum really dictated by him, yes, absolutely we would maybe say coach, probably want to stick with him this next drive,” Trickett said.
While Parr is improving, so is Driskel.
With a potent running game increasingly carrying the FAU offense, Driskel played efficiently on Saturday, completing nine of 17 attempts for 151 yards and one interception. For the season, Driskel’s passing efficiency rating sits at 115.7, which ranks 95th nationally among the 111 qualified passers.
Against Marshall Driskel also carried the ball eight times for 57 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown run.
Trickett said Driskel made a big step forward against Marshall with hits “decision making and being a little bit cleaner on things, and being a little bit more self disciplined on things.”
At the moment Driskel’s understanding of the offense continues to give him a significant advantage over Parr’s arm strength.
While Parr is experiencing success, his current playing time is more about development as it is a push for the starting spot.
“No, right now Jason is the starter, Daniel will continue to get series,” Trickett said. “Daniel improving would kind of maybe (bring about) that discussion, but that also depends on Jason.”
Kalib Woods, FAU’s leading receiver, says it doesn’t matter which quarterback is in the game.
“Sometimes I won’t really know who’s the quarterback until I’m switching sides of the field and I run past, and I’m like, oh, that’s Driskel or that’s Parr,” he said.