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Driskel officially out; Brissett to start for Gators

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Monday, Florida head coach Will Muschamp labeled Jeff Driskel as doubtful for this weekend’s game against Jacksonville State.

Two days later, the Gators’ starting quarterback has been downgraded.

On the weekly SEC coaches’ teleconference Wednesday, Muschamp officially ruled Driskel out for Saturday due to an ankle injury.  As a result, backup Jacoby Brissett will get the start.

“I”ve got a lot of confidence in Jacoby,” the coach said on the call, “and it’s his opportunity. I’m looking forward to seeing him play.”

Muschamp added that he expected Driskel back for the regular-season finale against Florida State, although an official determination won’t be made until some point next week.

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14 Responses to “Driskel officially out; Brissett to start for Gators”
  1. poopiedumdum says: Nov 15, 2012 8:57 AM

    Man, tough news. Hopefully UF can still find a way to pull it out over Jacksonville State this weekend. They are riding pretty high off a big win last week against Austin Peay State. That game was a nice comeback after a tough loss to UT Martin. Haha, what a joke.

  2. ttalarico says: Nov 15, 2012 9:28 AM

    Come on, play him against Jacksonville State?? Let’s get serious. If they were playing a “real” team then maybe.

    Go Irish!

  3. mshassen2015 says: Nov 15, 2012 9:58 AM

    great chance to see how Jacoby Brissett can lead this team

  4. poopiedumdum says: Nov 15, 2012 12:03 PM

    I could lead this team against Jacksonville State.

  5. pjduffey says: Nov 15, 2012 12:35 PM

    @poopiedumdum and ttalarico

    Talking shit about schedule? UF has one of the hardest schedules in the nation.
    NCAA ranks the Gators at 1 (http://web1.ncaa.org/mfb/2012/Internet/toughest%20schedule/9games_cumm.pdf)

    Team Rankings puts them at 11 (http://www.teamrankings.com/college-football/ranking/strength-of-schedule-by-team)

    Sangarin puts them at 7 (http://sagarin.com/sports/cfsend.htm).

    Do they have puff games? Sure. This is after playing (and beating) Texas A&M on the road and LSU & SCar at home. Narrow loss to Georgia at a neutral site, and playing FSU away.

    For those not taking notes, that means that of current top 10 in the country, the Gators have 5 of them on their schedule (and one of the top 10 is the Gators, so they have 5/9). Nobody else is even close.

  6. poopiedumdum says: Nov 15, 2012 1:16 PM

    Two FCS teams is not a tough schedule….period. You have given yourself the ability to essentially get multiple bye weeks to prepare for the tougher ones and allow people like your quarterback to get healthy. Oh, and the early FCS games? Those are so all the shenanigans from your players in the offseason that lead to suspensions can be served without true penalty.

  7. gogatorsjohn says: Nov 15, 2012 2:36 PM

    The Gators have had one of the toughest schedules in the Nation. And they didn’t play any FCS schools early in the season, they played Bowling Green who is in the MAC-geesh, get your facts straight at least. This is not to say Florida has had two weak teams back-to-back but then play top 10 FSU who you know was considered a National Title caliber team and has lots of talent. Some people are just dumb. Now about Brissett, I can’t wait to see him out on the field. Hopefully he can read defenses better and have better pocket awareness than Driskel who as talented as he is lacks those skill sets so far.

  8. gogatorsjohn says: Nov 15, 2012 2:42 PM

    Using your logic, you are saying if your team plays the ’85 Bears, ’72 Dolphins an SEC schedule but plays Jacksonville State and Louisiana your schedule is weak? As crazy as that scenario is your comment is just as ludicrous.

  9. pjduffey says: Nov 15, 2012 2:52 PM

    @poopiedumdum:

    Two FCS teams can’t be a tough schedule? With 5 top 10 teams? Are you fucking kidding? You are wrong and anyone with any expertise says so.

    The two teams don’t really act as bye weeks because they are back to back. So yes, after playing LSU, SCar, and Ga ( current #s 7, 9, and 5 in the BCS), they got an in-conference game and two puff games before facing FSU away (ranked #10 in the BCS). They had already played Texas A&M (#8) and, if Georgia loses, their grand prize is playing #4 Bama in Atlanta.

    That is easily one of the top 10 hardest schedules in the country.

    Dumbass. Your name should have tipped me off.

  10. florida727 says: Nov 15, 2012 4:15 PM

    “poopiedumdum”, would you be willing to say who YOUR favorite team is? I’d like to know what their schedule is. Using your logic, the Gators should be ranked #13 in the nation, and their season schedule should be made up teams #1 through #12, right?

    So again, who are you a fan of?

  11. taintedlombardis says: Nov 15, 2012 6:33 PM

    The current top 10 is a joke. The “We only beat each other” claim is a huge misnomer when all your other games are against the FCS hyuk hyuk hyuk

  12. gogatorsjohn says: Nov 16, 2012 2:06 AM

    Gosh, let’s clear this up… Florida is playing 1 FCS school this year. Bowling Green is in MAC and Louisiana-Lafayette is in the Sun Belt. Florida has played: Texas A&M on the road, South Carolina, LSU at home, Georgia at neutral site and FSU away. Now for goodness sake lets all agree that this is a tough schedule. You are welcome.

  13. pjduffey says: Nov 16, 2012 7:44 AM

    @taintedlombardis:

    So the current top 10 is a “joke” because some of them play each other. Gotcha.

    How exactly would YOU, in your endless wisdom (as evidenced by your super awesome screen name) determine a top schedule?

    Come on. It’s easy to bitch about what is, let’s rub a few of those neurons together and tell me what should be. The view is real good from the cheap seats. Give me your top 25. Then tell me why.

    I’m not thrilled with the current system, but it’s not baseless. Bitch about the SEC all you want, but it mops the floor with the other conferences. PAC10/12/14 is the only one even close.

  14. gatornation85 says: Nov 16, 2012 11:59 AM

    Pease needs to let this guy air it out.

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