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GAINESVILLE, Fla. The Florida Gators opened preparation for their home finale Monday uncertain of whether Jeff Driskel's injured right ankle would be healed enough for him to play Saturday against Jacksonville State.
Fortunately for the Gators, they don't seem too concerned if Driskel can't play, given fellow sophomore Jacoby Brissett's performance Saturday. Brissett replaced the injured Driskel late in the third quarter in Florida's win over Louisiana-Lafayette and finished 6 of 8 for 64 yards and a touchdown.
Brissett lost a quarterback battle with Driskel that extended into the season opener. He had played only in mop-up duty prior to Saturday.
"A guy who has prepared himself well, is very talented, he's going to have the opportunities to make good choices and decisions on the field, which he'll do," Florida coach Will Muschamp said. "I've got a lot of confidence in him.
"You never know when your number is going to be called. There's no question. I think it's a great example for us all. When your number is called, you better hurry up and perform and perform well. We always talk about man down, man up and in that situation. It's different from other positions, the quarterback position and how it affects the entire team. I'm certainly very proud of his effort and what he did when he went in the game."
Brissett officially started the season opener but gave way to Driskel after the first snap. As for Driskel, Muschamp said he suffered a sprained ankle Saturday and that the team's medical staff told him Driskel needs a couple more days of rest while he wears a protective boot on his right foot.
"Jeff Driskel's ankle is probably doubtful for this week," Muschamp said Monday. "We'll try to get him on the field Wednesday. If he can't go by then, certainly we'll go with Jacoby. We have all the confidence in the world Jacoby will play well."
Senior receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. doesn't expect the Gators' offense to change if Brissett plays instead of Driskel.
"Not a thing," Hammond said. "Driskel is more of a mobile guy. He can get out of the pocket a little faster. But I don't think that will close anything as far as our offense is concerned. Jacoby does just as a good a job as Driskel does."
Driskel was 13 of 16 for 98 yards and had a team-high 76 yards rushing in Saturday's 27-20 victory over the Ragin' Cajuns. He went down on a short run in the third quarter with the Gators leading 13-10.
Brissett came in for the next play, a short screen pass to Mike Gillislee. The Gators punted and fell behind when Kyle Christy's punt was blocked and returned for a touchdown by Louisiana-Lafayette. The Ragin' Cajuns extended their lead to 20-13 until Brissett led a four-play, 49-yard drive that tied the score 20-20 on his 3-yard touchdown pass to Quinton Dunbar.
Brissett was 3 for 3 for 48 yards on the drive.
"We knew it was a 'man down, man up' situation," senior safety Josh Evans said Monday. "He's a pretty good quarterback, too, so we knew that eventually he could come through and pull this game through for us. If Driskel's down, I'm pretty sure, the way this team has bonded this year, we would definitely crowd around (Brissett) and give him the energy he needs to go out there and help us win."
Muschamp said Driskel's ankle remains swollen and "a little black and blue."
"We'll see how the swelling goes on the ankle and see where it goes," Muschamp added. "Some guys recover quicker than others. I don't know. Based on what associate director of sports health Anthony Pass and I talked about this morning, I feel like we'll see Wednesday what he can do or if he can do anything.
"If not, then we'll go forward and be fine. Jacoby will play well."
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. As Gators starting quarterback Jeff Driskel walked across campus on crutches Tuesday, fellow sophomore Jacoby Brissett continued to prepare as if hell start Saturdays game against Jacksonville State.
Brissett replaced an injured Driskel in last weeks win over Louisiana-Lafayette and finished 6 of 8 for 64 yards and a touchdown. Driskels sprained right ankle has...
UF quarterback Jeff Driskel was seen walking around campus in crutches today after suffering a sprained ankle against Louisiana-Layfette. Jacoby Brissett finished the game for the Florida Gators and lead them to an eventual win. Driskel was said to be questionable to play by head coach Will Muschamp. Muschamp said how Driskel’s ankle was swollen and it was black and blue. He even...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. The one snap that turned Gators sophomore quarterback Jacoby Brissett from onlooker to participant came midway through the third quarter Saturday.
Florida starting quarterback Jeff Driskel went down with a sprained ankle and did not return.
Enter Brissett, who had not thrown a pass in a game since the season opener Sept. 1 against Bowling Green. To get him in...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is doubtful for Saturday's game against Jacksonville State.
Coach Will Muschamp says fellow sophomore Jacoby Brissett likely will start against the lower-division Gamecocks.
Driskel sprained his right ankle in the third quarter of Saturday's 27-20 win over Louisiana-Lafayette and probably won't practice this...
No. 7 Florida will be without quarterback Jeff Driskel against lower-division Jacksonville State on Saturday.
Coach Will Muschamp ruled Driskel out Wednesday because of a sprained right ankle, saying Jacoby Brissett will start against the Gamecocks (6-4). It will be Brissett's third start in two seasons.
More important, Muschamp said he's unsure whether Driskel will be...
Jeff Driskel injured his ankle during the Florida Gator – Louisiana-Layfette Rajun Cajun game and Jacoby Brissett was forced to come in who threw the game tying pass to tight end Jordan Reed. The Gators blocked a punt with seconds left in the game for a score by Jelani Jenkins for the go ahead win. It’s frustrating that the Florida Gators are struggling with a team from the Sunbelt...
Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is considered doubtful for Saturday’s game against Jacksonville State. He will test the ankle on Wednesday to get a better idea, but after spending the first two days of the week on crutches and in a boot, the Gators are expecting Jacoby Brissett to start the game. The offense will change to feature Brissett’s strengths and eliminate most of the...
Jacoby Brissett took the first snap of Florida's season, then headed to the bench.
He's pretty much been there ever since.
But with Jeff Driskel doubtful for Saturday's game against FCS opponent Jacksonville State, Brissett likely will get another chance under center for the seventh-ranked Gators (9-1).
"There's no question, I think it's a great example...
Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel came out of Saturday’s win over Louisiana with an ankle sprain. He sat on the trainer’s table while being evaluated and was taken to the Florida locker room soon after that. Florida coach Will Muschamp said on Monday morning that he doesn’t expect Driskel to play this weekend against Jacksonville State. His status is still up in the air.
Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is doubtful for Saturday's game
against Jacksonville State.
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