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Jeff Driskel | Quarterback

Team: Florida Gators
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 235

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FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman believes Florida senior QB Jeff Driskel will be the most improved player in the nation.
"He will get Will Muschamp off the hot seat and propel new OC Kurt Roper to a head coaching job of his own," Feldman wrote. Gators' safety Jabari Gorman said last week that Driskel had not thrown an interception during training camp. We wish we could buy into the optimism, but we're going to have to see it on the field. Talent isn't the issue, here; Driskel is a former top recruit with a big-time arm. Those types tend to impress in shorts. We have never liked Driskel's (lack of) poise when bodies are flying around him. If he's cured that, he could be a legitimate high draft pick, but it's an illness that is exceedingly difficult to treat. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder has thrown for 2,271 yards and 14 touchdowns against 10 interceptions over 15 career starts. Aug 26 - 5:55 PM
Source: Fox Sports

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Florida senior S Jabari Gorman said senior QB Jeff Driskel has not thrown an interception during training camp.

This might be the shock of the summer. Driskel was a highly touted recruit and continues to earn buzz because of his frame and arm, but we believe he consistently makes poor decisions while pressured. Poised pocket movement is just not there, but hopefully Driskel has taken a step forward as this news indicates.
Aug 21 - 1:56 PM

Florida senior Jeff Driskel has "undeniable tools," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Driskel has thrown for 2,271 yards and 14 touchdowns against 10 interceptions over 15 career starts. He snapped his ankle last season and missed all but two games, sending Florida's offense into a tailspin. "Though he's struggled with consistency and durability to this point, Driskel possess many of the attributes that fit in with the NFL -- including courage in the pocket, a snappy release, good velocity and the athleticism to avoid pressure," Rang wrote. "Further, with a little better protection up front and more reliable hands from his receivers, Driskel could be on the verge of a breakout campaign in 2014, as the up-tempo spread offense being implemented by new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper should force him to throw from the pocket -- where he's proven to be much more accurate than when on the run. Driskel has been hit a lot at Florida and has developed happy feet as a result."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 13 - 5:29 PM

NFL.com postulates that Florida's upcoming change from a pro-style offense to a spread attack best suits Florida senior Jeff Driskel's skill set.

Driskel has all sorts of tools, but he has a huge weakness in a lack of accuracy. Perhaps spreading out defenses will provide him more space to fit the ball in to a talented WR corps. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder is "a good runner with surprising speed for his size and a strong, albeit inaccurate, arm," observes NFL.com. We think he also panics under pressure far too often, but it's fair to point out that Florida's offensive line hasn't done him any favors. Driskel missed most of last year with a broken ankle.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 2 - 10:08 PM

Florida senior Jeff Driskel is distancing himself in the starting QB race, says coach Will Muschamp.

Gators fans probably hoped that phenom Will Grier would mount more resistance in the competition, but the early enrollee was always considered a big underdog. "Those guys will continue to split reps and Jeff has certainly distanced himself at this point," Muschamp said Tuesday. "But those guys have done some nice things at times. Jeff’s been through change before, so I think the more times you go through that stuff you kind of can handle it and move forward, the maturity takes over." Driskel will have to stop panicking under pressure to have a shot at a long NFL career.
Mar 25 - 7:57 PM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes Florida junior QB Jeff Driskel could be the No. 2 senior passer behind Bryce Petty next season.

This is all under the assumption that Driskel returns from season ending knee surgery. "At 6-4, 240 pounds, he's a big guy who throws the ball well and is a very good athlete; he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 29th round this June," Brandt writes. Our own Josh Norris thinks Driskel panics under pressure far too often, and it is an area that needs considerable improvement.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 01:52:00 PM

Florida junior QB Jeff Driskel had his cast removed on Tuesday.

Driskel underwent surgery to repair a broken fibula back in September. He began rehab on Wednesday and faces a six month recovery. The Gators' quarterback position will be an interesting battle prior to next season.
Source: Only Gators
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 02:49:00 PM

Florida junior QB Jeff Driskel underwent surgery to repair his injured tibia on Wednesday.

Driskel was injured last week against Tennessee, giving way to redshirt junior passer Tyler Murphy. The Gator quarterback has been trending downward this season, showing erratic tendencies in the face of pressure. We wouldn't be surprised to see him pursue a baseball career after being drafted by the Red Sox.
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 09:57:00 AM

Florida head coach Will Muschamp told CBS' Tracy Wolfson that junior QB Jeff Driskel will have to undergo surgery on his injured tibia and will miss the remainder of the season.

Driskel suffered the injury while throwing a pick six during the first quarter against Tennessee. This could have been the last start Driskel ever makes at Florida, since the job may be given to a freshman currently redshirting this season. Or the job could go to Driskel's current replacement, redshirt junior Tyler Murphy. Expect the team to be much more ground oriented moving forward.
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 07:16:00 PM

Florida junior QB Jeff Driskel hobbled to the locker room on crutches after hurting his ankle in the first quarter against Tennessee.

Driskel was injured in true Driskel fashion, on a pick six. The junior has held on to the starting job but has been less than impressive all season thanks to erratic decision making. Redshirt junior Tyler Murphy took his place in the starting lineup.
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 04:03:00 PM

Florida junior QB Jeff Driskel has already been cleared for the September 21 game against Tennessee.

Driskel is dealing with a sprained knee suffered against Miami. The junior hasn't looked impressive this season, dropping his eye level in the face of pressure and making poor decisions because of it. He has flashed some solid throws, but Florida's offense has underperformed thus far.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 12:27:00 PM

Florida junior QB Jeff Driskel suffered "a slight sprain" in his knee Saturday.

The Gators are off this weekend and Driskel's availability is not expected to be in question for September 21's game against Tennessee at The Swamp. Driskel completed 22 of 33 passes for 291 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in Saturday's loss at Miami. Driskel is easily flustered when the pocket becomes compromised, dancing around and dropping his eyes in the face of pressure. The NFL doesn't have time for quarterbacks who can be described in this way.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 01:23:00 PM

Florida junior QB Jeff Driskel completed 22 of 33 passes for 291 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions against Miami.

That stat line might not look bad, but Driskel was rattled often in the pocket, dropping his eyes against the rush and frenetically moving his feet. A long drive in the last few minutes of the game helped the Gator quarterback's numbers, but we didn't like what we saw from a composure standpoint.
Sat, Sep 7, 2013 04:15:00 PM

Florida junior QB Jeff Driskel healed faster than his initial reported timeline and returned to practice on Thursday.

Driskel underwent emergency appendectomy surgery at the end of July, but returned to the field on Thursday. Tyler Murphy ran as the team's starter in Driskel's absence. Expect the quarterback to be at full health once the season starts.
Fri, Aug 9, 2013 09:06:00 AM

Florida junior QB Jeff Driskel had appendectomy surgery on Tuesday and could miss two weeks.

The Gators begin fall practice on Friday, though Driskel's two-week timetable mentioned by coach Will Muschamp would have the signal caller on the field for the second week of camp. If Driskel requires more than two weeks to recover, fans and the media will be treated to either Skyler Mornhinweg or Tyler Murphy running the first team on August 15, Florida's first scheduled open practice. Driskel should be just fine to greet Toledo on Saturday, August 31, the first game of the season.
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 04:58:00 PM