The No. 6 Florida Gators have been dealt some bad news, as quarterback Jeff Driskel will miss this week’s upcoming game against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. But will his sprained right ankle keep him from playing in the last game of the regular season against the No. 10 Florida State Seminoles?
Head coach Will Muschamp and his Gators are 9-1 and still have National Championship hopes. They will need a Georgia Bulldogs loss to get their shot at a SEC Championship game, but with a season finale against the Seminoles, the Gators can still make some noise and leap in the rankings.
While this upcoming game against Jacksonville State poses few worries, the ankle of Driskel surely poses a ton of worries. The sophomore has greatly improved this season, as he is completing just under 65 percent of his passes. He has thrown for 1324 yards, with 10 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. The 6’5, 235 pounder has also been impressive on the ground with 424 rushing yards and 4 more touchdowns.
The right ankle injury happened last week, in the third quarter of their 27-20 win over the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.
Driskel will be replaced by fellow sophomore Jacoby Brissett. Brissett has seen very limited action this year, but like I said, this upcoming game should be a confidence booster for the new quarterback.
Jacksonville State is one of the worst defensive squads in the country. Put it this way, if Brissett struggles slightly with this team, Driskel may come back with 25 percent of an ankle!
At the moment, things are truly unclear if Driskel will be ready for the instate rivalry game against E.J. Manuel and his Seminoles, but Gators fans will feel a lot better if he gets the start.
Check back throughout the week for updates on the injury.