Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is doubtful for this Saturday’s game vs. Jacksonville State after suffering an ankle injury in the narrow win over Louisiana-Lafayette.
Jacoby Brissett will be replace Driskel in the starting lineup and in relief last week completed six of his eight pass attempts and a touchdown following the injury to Driskel.
Head coach Will Muschamp told Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel, “We’ll run what we run, we are who we are. We’ll go forward. Jacoby will play well.
Driskel has completed 64.8% of his passes for 10 touchdowns and three interceptions for the Gators in his first season as the full-time starter.
If there were ever a good time for an injury to your starting quarterback, it may be this week against Jacksonville State who has one of the poorer defenses in the nation.
The Gamecocks defense ranks 108th in total defense allowing an average of 446.9 yards per game, ranks 110th in pass defense giving up more than 260 yards and have the 100th scoring defense yielding more than 33 points per contest.
The 9-1 gators have had a great year thus far, but it has been predicated on a stellar defense that is among the nation’s elite rather than a prolific offense with Driskel at the helm, so a change to Brissett may be an upgrade.
Driskel, an Oviedo, Fl native, only has one game with more than two passing touchdowns and zero games with more than 220 yards passing. His running ability has made up for the lack of aerial prowess, but still has left a lot to be desired on the offensive side of the ball.
Furthermore, if Driskel is out for extended time, the additional reps will give Brissett time to gain confidence before a road game with Florida State in two weeks.
Provided Brissett plays well in Driskel’s absence a possible quarterback controversy could be in the works for the Gators.
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