After playing in nine games over a total of two years at Florida, Jacoby Brissett thought it was his time. The Florida coaching staff apparently had other ideas.

Brissett was forced into starting duty as a true freshman in 2011 when Gators starter John Brantley went out, but he never really received a good chance to show what he could do to unseat teammate Jeff Driskel under center in 2012. He started the season opener that year but played just 11 snaps to Driskel's 52. He never got much more of a shot at beating Driskel out for the job after that, and Florida head coach Will Muschamp announced in November 2012 that Driskel would be the starter in 2013.

Brissett felt like he was capable of being a starting quarterback at this level, so he decided to transfer the following January.

As he sat on his bed in Gainesville after the transfer process was complete and he settled on N.C. State, his mind raced.

"I just said, 'I've got to just make it work. I transferred for a reason,'" Brissett said. "I just had to make sure it was evident why I should have been playing."

He felt like he'd already grown up beyond his years, thrust into action as a freshman before he was truly ready when he wasn't supposed to play. So he vowed that he'd make it work. Even though he knew he'd have to sit out the 2013 season, there was no acclimation process for him or a time for transition.
He wanted it to be his team right away.

From the moment spring ball began in 2013 in Raleigh, his teammates took to him immediately. Head coach Dave Doeren, then in his first spring in Raleigh, too, raved about Brissett from the start.