Florida Gators: Jeff Driskel Improving, Still Must Get Better

By Tim Letcher
John David Mercer, USA TODAY SPORTS
John David Mercer, USA TODAY SPORTS

The Florida Gators held their spring game on Saturday, and the Gators, as well as their fans, left feeling pretty good about where the program is. After last season’s 4-8 debacle, the Gator Nation was hoping to see improvement, especially from the offense, and they did.

However, there is still plenty of room for improvement, especially at the quarterback position. Jeff Driskel, who was the starter last season before breaking his leg early in the year, is clearly the starter coming out of the spring. But Driskel’s performance in the spring game was well short of spectacular. He completed 18-of-32 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown.

The hope in Gainesville was that Driskel would not only establish himself as the starter, but would show great improvement under new offensive coordinator and quarterback guru Kurt Roper. While Driskel did look more comfortable than he has in the past, those types of numbers simply will not get it done in the Southeastern Conference.

Driskel will be the starter for Florida this fall, not only because he was the best quarterback in the spring, but because his competition for the job did not show that they have grasped Roper’s new no-huddle, high-paced attack. Neither Skylar Mornhinweg nor Will Grier gave any indication that they are ready to challenge Driskel for this starting job this fall.

It’s clear that the Florida offense is in a much better place right now than it was last season. However, head coach Will Muschamp is hoping that during the summer, Driskel can gain better command of the offense, and improve his completion percentage. Both of those things will be key if the Gators are to rebound from last season’s disappointment.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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