Florida Gators Quarterback Jeff Driskel Ready To Emerge As Team Leader

By Camille Woodhouse
Derick E. Hingle – USA TODAY Sports

Now that Jacoby Brissett has transferred, Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel has no real competition for the starting quarterback spot; he is happy about that. Driskel is ready to grab the reins, hold on tight and take charge as the Gators’ leader going into the 2013 season.

Driskel’s sophomore year as Florida’s quarterback was fairly exciting. Though he did have his faults, Driskel was able to guide the team to an 11-2 record as well as a trip to New Orleans for the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Gators’ first BCS bowl appearance since 2009. After witnessing the less-than-great performance by the Gators in 2011, the season that ended in a 7-6 record, fans were surely relieved to finally have their team back  and chomping at the bit.

As previously mentioned, Driskel had a few faux pas last season. That is something he has become fully aware of and is constantly reminded of. Driskel plans on turning those gaffes into a thing of the past, rarely to be mentioned again. “I’ve looked at a lot more film of myself…I feel I’ve built on a lot of things last year,” stated Driskel at the recent SEC Media Days. “And I’m really excited moving forward.” Driskel is clearly beginning to display a confidence he didn’t have last year.

At that same event, fellow teammate and defensive tackle Dominique Easley even went so far as to describe Driskel’s new-found confidence as “cockiness.” In a good way, that is. “You can see he knows what he’s doing and he knows what he wants,” Easley said when speaking about Driskel’s new attitude. “You always want some cockiness out of your quarterback. They’ve gotta be certain in what they do.” It appears as though Driskel is very certain.

With a year of experience under his belt, and his gearing up to accept the leadership role, Driskel may just take the Gators all the way down the road to Atlanta in 2013, or possibly even farther.

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