11/12: Driskel doubtful, injuries, Florida’s case

By Adam Silverstein
November 12, 2012

No. 6 Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp met with the media on Monday to review the team’s tight victory over the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns and preview Saturday’s game against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks.


Sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel, who went down with what is being called a sprained ankle during the third quarter on Saturday and did not return to the game, was listed as “doubtful” by Muschamp on Monday. He is currently in a precautionary walking boot and will spend Monday and Tuesday trying to rehab his ankle before being given an opportunity to test it out on Wednesday.

Joining Driskel on the “doubtful” list were redshirt sophomore linebacker Neiron Ball (ankle) and redshirt junior wide receiver Andre Debose, who hurt his knee in practice two weeks ago and has yet to play since. Specifics have not been provided.

Muschamp said he expects senior left tackle Xavier Nixon (knee), redshirt senior left guard James Wilson (knee) and redshirt sophomore running back Mack Brown (ankle) to return to practice Tuesday and be ready to play on Saturday.

He was not as optimistic about four other players that got hurt on Saturday, noting that he expects redshirt junior WR Stephen Alli (shoulder), sophomore safety De’Ante Saunders (knee), redshirt freshman defensive back Valdez Showers (shoulder) and redshirt sophomore guard Ian Silberman (shoulder) to miss practice on Tuesday. All four will be reevaluated on Wednesday, which is when a decision will likely be made as to whether or not they can play in the home finale.

Read the rest of what Muschamp had to say…after the break!


Offensive Players of the Game: Redshirt junior tight end Jordan Reed

Big Plays: Driskel, Reed, sophomore QB Jacoby Brissett, redshirt senior TE Omarius Hines

Scrap Iron: Freshman left tackle D.J. Humphries, redshirt junior right guard Jon Halapio
“D.J. continues to play well for us, improves every time out. The number of snaps he’s getting and the number of looks and turns he’s getting, he continues to improve.”

Defensive Players of the Game: Junior defensive end Dominique Easley, sophomore cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy

Ball Hawks: Junior defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, senior Mike LB Jon Bostic

Special Teams Players of the Game: Purifoy
* Purifoy was also named SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week
“A guy that’s really fun to watch play. You want to turn the tape on, you’ll understand why we’re trying to get him on offense. You’ll see why, because he plays with relentless effort all the time … relentless effort in everything he does. He’s got great ball skills. He’s got a knack for making plays. I’m proud of the year that he is having.”

Big Play: Redshirt junior Will LB Jelani Jenkins


» On how he thought Florida performed: “I thought we played hard, just not very smart. Inconsistencies, especially on the offensive side of the ball, seven penalties that really cost us. … Inconsistent across the board is what’s hurting us right now offensively.”

» Muschamp said the Gators will have a flyover for Saturday’s game. U.S. Marine, Korean War veteran and Medal of Honor holder Duane Dewey (80) will be at the coin flip. His birthday is Friday and he will be 81 at the game.

» On Senior Day: “Eighteen seniors will play their last game here at The Swamp. They’ve been an outstanding group to work with as far as their buy-in to our program and what we’re trying to do and where we’re trying to go with this, certainly getting this started in the right direction and continuing the direction we’re headed. It’s a strong statement for them. They’ve been outstanding, and I’m very proud of them. The opportunity to be 7-0 [in The Swamp], only the third team in University of Florida history to do that. They understand what’s at stake.”

» On being 9-1 on the season, 3-1 against BCS top-10 opponents and having the toughest schedule in the country: “I don’t really worry about the perception and what might be out there. Unfortunately, in our profession sometimes, perception becomes reality. I don’t apologize for being 3-1 [vs. the BCS top 10] and being the only team in the BCS top 10 that has that record, that has a better record than anyone else and has a tougher schedule than anyone else in the country. I don’t know what else you need to do. As far as our players are concerned, we continue to focus on Florida and what we need to do to be successful and that’s preparation for Jacksonville State this weekend. You look at our record and you look at our schedule and what we’ve accomplished this year; we’ve had a hell of a year.”

» On the discipline penalties on Saturday: “We’re going to sit down and watch them as a team again like we did earlier in the year. As far as true discipline penalties, this has been the first [game] since Bowling Green where, to me, it has been a little bit ridiculous as far as that’s concerned. … It hasn’t been since then that we’ve had discipline-issue penalties. i think there’s a difference when you talk about an aggressive penalty – maybe you could have used better judgement – and then there’s a discipline penalty when you don’t lien up on the line of scrimmage on something you’ve run 6,000 times.”


  1. gatorboi352 says:

    Brissett needs this opportunity on Saturday. And Driskel needs to rest up and study film on FSU. No good can come from forcing Jeff back out there against Jax State.

    4 or 5 weeks ago I would have been much more concerned, but the way Jeff and this offense has looked the past 3 games I think this may be a blessing in disguise. Brissett can and has extended plays just as good as Driskel can. Then again, that’s not saying a whole lot considering Jeff in all his elusive scrambling amazingness has racked up like 30 sacks on the year, and a handful of fumbles to go with them.

    • Tractorr says:

      If Brissett has a big game then it may also make it a little more difficult for FSU to game plan seeing as how they won’t know who is going to be the starting QB.

  2. g8ter27 says:

    I think the problem is that Jeff has to scramble as often as he does…sometimes they line beats the ball to the qb it seems. Put any line in the SEC in front of him besides our own..yes even Auburn’s and he has half the sacks I bet . Brissett would do just fine with an O-line in front of him too. On the other hand, put Murray or McElroy behind our line and lets see how accurate they are throwing from their back.

    • Tractorr says:

      I am surprised that a bigger story is not the fact that two senior lineman have been banged up. When we were beating good teams our o-line was dominating. Lose a couple seniors and you will struggle. Hopefully, they will be back for the FSU game.

    • McElroy? Really? He was a QB two years ago. Its McCarron! I only point this out because I have called McCarron ‘McElroy’ at least 10 times this season!

  3. Walt P says:

    Really hope Coach give Brisette a chance to lead the team I think with him passing wont be a problem.

  4. Aligator says:

    Ever since the FLA-GA game our offense has looked like the ones from the last couple of years. Gilly has all but disappeared.

    • gatorboi352 says:

      That’s partly due to the fact that no one believes Jeff can throw consistently so they all stack 9 in the box against us. Sure our receivers are average but Reed isn’t and is open almost every play. Jacoby to Reed = 200 yds a game easily. When the protection breaks down Driskel looks to scramble and Brissett looks for the next open receiver. That is the fundamental difference between the two.

  5. W says:

    Unfortunately I think Driskel has been conditioned into a pretty bad habit. Whereas earlier in the season he was given enough time to go through his progressions to an extent or, at the very least, was effective in extending plays, that isn’t happening any more. Because he’s been on his butt so much since the UGA game, I think in his head, he never has any time to throw, so he automatically reverts to his checkdowns. How many times in the last 3 weeks has he thrown a ball more than 10 yards downfield? Probably can be counted on one hand.

    The way this offense gets turned around is if 1) the offensive line stops sucking and 2) Driskel/Brissett start making longer throws more consistently. Even if they go 2-10 in a game on passes longer than 10 yards, it still keeps a defense more honest than it does throwing screens or comebacks every pass attempt.

  6. gatorboi352 says:

    If I were Adam I’d do another write up regarding the QB situation, and offense in general. It appears to be the only article in the past few days with any comments. The fans have spoken!

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