1 » Florida Gators redshirt junior quarterback Jeff Driskel reportedly missed at least some portion of practice ahead of the Missouri game while dealing with a right ankle injury, which became more apparent last Saturday when his ankle was heavily taped before the contest. Driskel also hardly ran the ball in the game, just one week after carrying it 21 times. While it is currently unknown whether the still-imploding Driskel will get the start against Georgia on Nov. 1 – head coach Will Muschamp may address that very topic during his only media appearance of the week, the SEC teleconference on Wednesday – it looks like he is still missing some practice time.
OnlyGators.com reader Jeremy sent in the following photo, which he snapped Tuesday on his way to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center for an event. In the photo below, freshmen Treon Harris and Will Grier (dressed in full pads) are leading the pack of quarterbacks out to the practice field while Driskel is bringing up the rear, holding his helmet but neither wearing pads nor football pants.
I was taking my kids to see Sesame Street Live at the O’Dome tonight. When we parked, we noticed the football team going to the practice field. The players were upbeat and giving my kids high-fives. Then the quarterbacks walked by. Treon Harris and Will Grier led the way and looked focused. Driskel was at the back. No pads, no pants. He looked like a player who wasn’t practicing. Muschamp walked by, smiled and looked like a beaten soul.
2 » Four-star linebacker Jerome Baker (Cleveland, OH), committed to the Gators since July, was the highest-rated player in Florida’s 2015 recruiting class (No. 36 overall nationally)…until Tuesday, when he decommitted from the program and flipped to Ohio State. The Gators now have just 10 players (three rated as four-stars) committed for 2015; Florida’s recruiting class is ranked 60th in the nation. There are still nearly four months to go until National Signing Day, but UF is on its way to its lowest-ranked class since 2002 (No. 20, Ron Zook’s first season). Here are the Gators’ class rankings from 2002-14: 20, 2, 10, 15, 2, 1, 3, 11, 2, 12, 3, 4, 8.
3 » The Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday signed former Florida running back Jeff Demps to their practice squad. Demps, who has spent time with New England and Tampa Bay but barely seen NFL regular-season action, will look to get called up to Indianapolis’ active roster as a return specialist. Demps joins center Jonotthan Harrison, left tackle Xavier Nixon (injured reserve-designated to return) and cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy on the Colts. Also on Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived wide receiver Solomon Patton, the team’s primary return specialist up to this point in the season.
4 » Speaking of cuts, Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens announced Tuesday that the team would be releasing forward Erik Murphy rather than carrying him onto their active roster for the start of the 2014-15 season. Murphy, a life-long Boston fan, has gone from the Chicago Bulls (drafted) to the Utah Jazz (waivers) to the Cleveland Cavaliers (traded) to the Celtics (traded) all before the second season of his professional career. It is unclear whether he will get an opportunity to tryout and potentially earn a spot with another NBA franchise. If not, he will certainly have opportunities in professional leagues across the globe.