Florida sidelines quarterback Driskel due to right ankle sprain
Gainesville, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel will not see action against Jacksonville State Saturday and possibly in the regular-season finale versus Florida State due to a sprained right ankle.
“We’re just working through this week,” Gators coach Will Muschamp said. “Whenever you deal with an ankle it’s a day-to-day process. It’s a situation that continues to improve. How much it’ll improve into next week, I have no idea at this time.
“We feel like he’ll be available, but who knows?” he added.
Driskel suffered the injury after he was tackled by Louisiana-Lafayette defensive tackle Jalen Fields late in the third quarter of the Gators’ 27-20 victory.
Sophomore Jacoby Brissett, who will make his second start of the season, takes Driskel’s place Saturday. He completed 6 of 8 passes for 64 yards and a game-tying touchdown pass to wide receiver Quinton Dunbar.
“Got a lot of confidence in Jacoby,” Muschamp said. “It’s his opportunity and I’m looking forward to seeing him play.”
Brissett could have an easy time against Jacksonville State, whose defense is among the worst in the 121-team Football Championship Subdivision. The Gamecocks rank 100th nationally in scoring defense, 86th in rush defense, 110th in pass defense and 108th in total defense.
The 6-4, 237-pound Driskel has started the last nine games at quarterback, completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 1,324 yards and 10 touchdowns with three interceptions. He is also the Gators’ second-leading rusher with 424 yards and four TDs on 97 carries.
Brissett played in eight games last season and completed 18 of 39 passes for 206 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. He started against LSU and Auburn and played the entire second half of the Florida State game because of injuries to starter John Brantley.