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Jeff Driskel | Quarterback

Team: Florida Gators
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 237

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Florida coach Will Muschamp remains committed to senior QB Jeff Driskel as starter.
Florida is coming off a bye, which Driskel used to wash the taste of the Alabama game (9-for-28 for 93 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in a 42-21 loss) out of his mouth. In that game, Muschamp interestingly decided not to play true freshman quarterback Treon Harris for even one snap. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder has an ugly 19/13 TD/INT ratio over his career. The NFL won't tolerate that carelessness, so it'd better get cleaned up post haste. Sep 29 - 6:12 PM

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Florida coach Will Muschamp is sticking with senior Jeff Driskel as starting quarterback.

Muschamp said Wednesday Driskel "gives us the best opportunity to win right now." Despite the public vote of confidence, this has been an awful week for Driskel. First, he squandered a big opportunity to impress the NFL by imploding against Alabama on Saturday, going 9-for-28 for 93 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in a 42-21 loss. During that game, Gator great Emmitt Smith called for Driskel to be benched. The NFL Hall of Famer has apparently expressed remorse to the program. "Emmitt called to apologize, to me, to Jeff Driskel and our football team," Muschamp said. "He was frustrated. He wants us to win. He wants us to be successful." The Gators, who have a bye this week, will travel to Tennessee on Oct. 4.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 24 - 8:07 PM

Florida senior QB Jeff Driskel had a nightmare showcase against Alabama on Saturday, going 9-for-28 for 93 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in a 42-21 loss.

He averaged an ugly 3.3 yards per attempt. Driskel also rushed for 59 yards and a touchdown. This game is going to do serious damage to Driskel's odds of getting drafted. Once rated better than Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel and Brett Hundley as a recruit, Driskel has failed to develop and regressed behind them all. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder has an ugly 19/13 TD/INT ratio over his career.
Sep 20 - 7:34 PM

Florida senior QB Jeff Driskel must play well on Saturday to place himself on the radars of NFL scouts, writes NFL.com's Charles Davis.

"The senior isn't currently in the conversation when it comes to the top quarterback prospects in the nation," Davis wrote. "A strong performance against the Crimson Tide would certainly grab the attention of evaluators, though. Driskel was rated as the top quarterback in his recruiting class -- which included Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel and Brett Hundley, among others -- but he hasn't lived up to his billing, in part due to injuries. Can he win one of those big games he was expected to when he arrived at Florida? Here's his chance against a tough Alabama defense." The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder entered this season with 2,271 passing yards and 14 touchdowns against 10 interceptions over 15 career starts. We're also fascinated to see how Driskel performs in Kurt Roper's spread offense against SEC defenses.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 19 - 7:20 PM

Florida senior QB Jeff Driskel went 31-for-45 with 248 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions in a 65-0 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday.

The previously maligned 6-foot-4, 230-pounder entered this season with 2,271 passing yards and 14 touchdowns against 10 interceptions over 15 career starts. When he snapped his ankle last season (missing all but two games), Florida's offense went into a tailspin. CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote over the summer that Driskel has "undeniable tools," adding: "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 pressur." We're curious to see what he does in Kurt Roper's spread offense against SEC defenses.
Sep 8 - 12:06 AM

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.
Source: Fox Sports
Aug 26 - 5:55 PM

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