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Gators lose Jeff Driskel to season-ending injury

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Florida won the rivalry war, but lost its starting quarterback in the process.

Following the 31-17 win over Tennessee, head coach Will Muschamp confirmed that Jeff Driskel‘s leg injury was serious enough that he will miss the remainder of the 2013 season.  The true junior will undergo surgery in the near future to repair a broken ankle.

Driskel suffered the injury early in the first quarter as he was throwing a pass that was intercepted and returned by the Vols for a touchdown.

With Driskel out, the Gators will apparently turn to Tyler Murphy for the remainder of the year.  In place of Driskel, the redshirt junior completed 8-of-14 passes for 134 yards, one touchdown and, most importantly, no interceptions.  Those 14 attempts, incidentally, were the first of Murphy’s collegiate career.

Murphy, who added 84 yards and one touchdown on the ground, will make his first career start on the road against Kentucky next Saturday.

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  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 21, 2013 8:32 PM

    Whoa, this is not good. I am sorry to hear this. Coach Muschamp obviously felt Driskill was his QB that could run the offense the best and now he won’t be there.

    Best to Jeff for a complete mending to his broken bone.

    Best to the Florida Gators except when you come to Baton Rouge on October 12th.

  2. oldschool48 says: Sep 21, 2013 8:40 PM

    Hard to find a silver lining in this cloud. At least the LSU game is 3rd down the road so Murphy can get some games under belt (KY, ARK). Best to Jeff with his surgery.

  3. overratedgators says: Sep 21, 2013 8:58 PM

    Anyone who’s watched Driskell’s performance so far this season would suspect that UF’s stock might’ve actually gone up by virtue of this development.

  4. Deb says: Sep 21, 2013 9:04 PM

    Oh no! So sorry to hear this. I love this game so much, but the high number of devastating injuries is definitely the fly in the ointment.

  5. cardmagnet says: Sep 21, 2013 9:09 PM

    Is it the same general injured area that had him on crutches after the Miami game?

  6. noleitup says: Sep 21, 2013 9:16 PM

    Man this sucks. After that whoopin the gators put on my noles last year id rather they be at full strength when we play this year. Hopefully its still a good game as usual.

  7. gatorcheme says: Sep 21, 2013 9:25 PM

    It’s big blow, to be sure. Murphy came in and performed well against an obviously struggling Tenn defense. Props to Murphy for being ready to step in. He has the tools, but he needs to develop his on-field relationships with the rest of the offense. If he can pull it together over the next two games, I think we have a chance against LSU.

    @cardmagnet…

    No, it was the other leg. Broken fibula according to Coach Boom at the end of the game.

  8. patschuster7106 says: Sep 21, 2013 9:26 PM

    Reblogged this on Schu Report.

  9. florida727 says: Sep 21, 2013 10:42 PM

    #southernpatriots and #deb, thanks for the well wishes for our QB. He’s had is struggles this season but we all keep this in perspective and realize it’s just a bunch of kids playing out their dreams, and none of us EVER like to see these kids get hurt, regardless of whose team they play on.

    Have to say I was impressed with Murphy’s athleticism, decision making, and his arm. I think we’ll be okay once he gets a couple games under his belt. To be honest, I’m more concerned with the injuries to our secondary. When they’re healthy, I think we have one of the best defenses in the country. Then again, everyone’s better when healthy, right?

  10. southernpatriots says: Sep 21, 2013 10:56 PM

    florida727:

    I think you have a revelation there! Even I’m better when healthy, which I am not quite there right now, but maybe in a few more days or week.

    Murphy will get “on the job training.”

    A good friend is an orthopedic surgeon/sports medicine. He said that he built two houses, and bought an airplane from his treatment of football injuries. I think I chose the wrong specialty….ha.

  11. gatorprof says: Sep 22, 2013 3:52 PM

    I am sad for Jeff, but actually think that this may be a blessing in disguise for the Gators. Time will tell, but Murphy seems to be a “gamer” type of QB and the offensive players seemed to respond nicely to him.

    I saw 2-3 drops that would have added another 30+ yds and a TD to his stat line. Aside from the keystone cops beginning, he played very solid football.

  12. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 22, 2013 6:10 PM

    Deb is just pissed that her beloved Crimson Turds didn’t break his leg like they put Brantley on a stretcher a few years back. Don’t buy the Bama fan rhetoric. Worst sportsmanship in any sport, anywhere on the planet.

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