FOUR BITS: Driskel, Easley, Burton, Elam

By Adam Silverstein
November 7, 2013

1 » The Florida Gators announced Thursday that junior quarterback Jeff Driskel (broken fibula) had his cast removed Tuesday and started rehabilitation on Wednesday. His six-month recovery timetable started the day he got out of surgery, putting him on track to return to the field as a redshirt junior at the start of spring practice in March. Driskel will attend a Florida game on Saturday, the first time he has stepped foot on the field since being injured. His recovery will be long and arduous, but he will have all the time he needs to get back for the 2014 season.

2 » Three days after Driskel went down with his season-ending injury, senior defensive tackle Dominique Easley was lost for the remainder of the season with tears to his meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament. It was learned Wednesday that Easley has withdrawn from UF and signed with agent Tom Santanello of Elevate Football in order to prepare for the 2014 NFL Combine. Santanello told the Palm Beach Post’s Phillip Heilman that Easley has already started rehabilitation and is squarely in the sights of a number of NFL teams that are enthralled with his explosive first step.

3 » NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt took a look Thursday at a number of current college football players that will likely have to consider changing positions in order to play on the next level. One of the nine he focused on was senior wide receiver Trey Burton, who Brandt listed as a tight end. “He’s someone I would want to try at another position,” he said. “With his 4.65 speed, he looks as though he has the quickness needed to be a running back in the NFL. I would also want to give him a look at safety.” As it turns out, Burton once flirted with the idea of moving to defense for the Gators, but it was determined that he was needed much more on the offensive side of the ball.

4 » Here’s Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam making a cameo as linebacker Jameel McClain spends a day working for Southwest Airlines [Video].

6 Comments

  1. Todd says:

    Driskel will be a nice backup for Will Grier next year.

  2. Michael Jones says:

    Burton will go down as yet another sadly misused and underused UF talent.

  3. Nick Norris says:

    Yes, the inability to know which players are talented and when, where and how to use them is a flaw our coaches can’t shake.

  4. aziatic41 says:

    I think Driskel having 2 years of eligibility left puts him as our front-runner as starting qb for the next couple of years. And again guys we don’t really know how good Driskel really is with how bad our offensive coaching has been.

    I don’t think there’s is a huge difference between Will Grier and Jeff Driskel. Now remember Driskel was the #1 rated qb in the nation for the class of 2010.

  5. Todd says:

    Foley needs to step in an insist on a new OC so we don’t ruin another QB. In Foley I trust.

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