Driskel Healthy Enough to Start vs FSU
By Southern Pigskin Staff
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Jeff Driskel has started nine games after he and Jacoby Brissett both started the season opener against Bowling Green.
Michael DiRocco, ESPN.com
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel has recovered from his sprained right ankle well enough to start for the Gators (No. 4 BCS, No. 6 AP) against No. 10 Florida State on Saturday.
Florida coach Will Muschamp said Driskel participated fully in Tuesday's practice and showed no signs of being affected by the injury that caused him to miss last week's game against Jacksonville State.
"He looked fine," Muschamp said. "We did everything we normally do. There was nothing limited within the package of what we did with him with the way we normally prepare for any game. So again, looked very good yesterday, and unless something just unheard of happens in practice today or tomorrow, he ought to be ready to go Saturday."
Driskel's mobility wasn't affected at all, Muschamp said, though the 6-foot-4, 239-pound sophomore had his right ankle heavily taped at practice.
That's good news for the Gators (10-1), who need Driskel's mobility against the Seminoles' top-ranked defense. Driskel is the Gators' second-leading rusher (424 yards), but his ability to scramble out of the pocket will be most important against the Seminoles' pass rush, which is led by ends Bjoern Werner and Cornellius Carradine. They've combined for 20 sacks.
"Obviously we've still got a couple more days of practice, but he looked good enough to me that he'll be fine," Muschamp said.
Driskel was injured late in the third quarter of the Gators' victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Nov. 10. Jacoby Brissett started against Jacksonville State and finished 14-for-22 for 154 yards in the Gators' 23-0 victory.
Driskel started nine games after he and Brissett both started the season opener against Bowling Green. (Driskel lined up at receiver.) He has completed 64.8 percent of his passes for 1,324 yards and 10 touchdowns with three interceptions.