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Muschamp: Driskel’s ‘distanced himself’ in Gators’ QB battle

Jeff Driskel, Florida's Jon Halapio, Cornelius Washington AP

Thanks to a combination of Jeff Driskel‘s injury that cost him most of the 2013 season and Will Grier‘s impressive and gaudy prep résumé, it was thought that Florida could have itself a serious quarterback competition on its hands this spring.

At this point a week into the 15 spring practice sessions, that doesn’t appear to be quite the case as the veteran Driskel is increasing the gap between himself and the early enrollee Grier, head coach Will Muschamp acknowledged.

“Those guys will continue to split reps and Jeff has certainly distanced himself at this point,” Muschamp said Tuesday according to the Orlando Sentinel. “But those guys have done some nice things at times. Jeff’s been through change before, so I think the more times you go through that stuff you kind of can handle it and move forward, the maturity takes over.”

In the third game of the season last year, Driskel suffered a broken ankle that knocked him out for the remainder of the season.  Not only is Driskel coming back from that health issue, but he’s also getting acclimated to new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper and his up-tempo system.  Despite the newness, Muschamp indicated that Roper’s offense appears tailor-made for Driskel.

“I think it fits his skillset better, and I’ve been very pleased with his maturity and handling it,” the coach said, while also indicating that the ankle issue doesn’t appear to be hampering the presumptive front-runner for the job.

It’s unclear whether Muschamp will name a starter exiting spring or allow the battle between Driskel and Grier — a four-star 2014 recruit rated as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the country — to bleed into the early portion of summer camp.

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12 Responses to “Muschamp: Driskel’s ‘distanced himself’ in Gators’ QB battle”
  1. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Mar 25, 2014 5:57 PM

    I would like to see Driskel to have a great kind who should really get it going this year!

  2. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Mar 25, 2014 5:59 PM

    Wow. What i meant to say was i would like to see Driskel have a great year! Hopefully he will get it going this year.

  3. sfsugator says: Mar 25, 2014 6:43 PM

    Good news for the rest of SEC this sub par quarterback is starting again. Bad news for wilchump he’s going to get fired. Fact.

  4. justafan2014 says: Mar 25, 2014 8:02 PM

    Geaux Tigers!

  5. overratedgators says: Mar 26, 2014 12:10 AM

    And by “distanced himself”, he means “increased the distance between his intended receivers and actual ball placement”.

  6. davidhhurwitch says: Mar 26, 2014 6:01 AM

    I hope Driskel is better suited to the new offense because prior to his injury he was not suited to the old one last year. They are betting the farm on this guy and if they are wrong heads will roll. Schedule is arguably tougher than last year with Alabama added. If they get blown out by bama it could be all over!

  7. gatorprof says: Mar 26, 2014 8:57 AM

    None of this matters unless it translates into Ws during the season….lots of Ws or Boom is changing zip codes in Janauary.

  8. gatorprof says: Mar 26, 2014 8:57 AM

    January…

  9. since90eight says: Mar 26, 2014 9:27 AM

    I’m not as concerned about Driskel being ready as I am about Muschamp being ready. Last year the excuse was injuries. I’m waiting to see this year’s excuse.

  10. florida727 says: Mar 26, 2014 1:13 PM

    Personally, my “jury” is still out on Driskel. He’s got a lot of talent, no questioning that. The injury combined with an improper system for his skill set combined to make him look worse. I say give him a chance, see how he performs, then judge him based on his complete body of work. I hope he stays healthy so he can be fairly judged, and if he’s the right guys for the Gators, so be it. If not, I’m sure Grier will be ready.

  11. normtide says: Mar 26, 2014 2:24 PM

    It’s hard for me to get a read on Driskel, as I found the play calling to be horrendous for UF. I am going to give him a clean slate heading into this season.

  12. ptoddchesser says: Mar 27, 2014 3:38 PM

    It will certainly be interesting to see what the start of Driskel’s season looks like. If things start going south early, Muschamp had better pull the plug quickly or he won’t see another season at Florida.
    Maybe Driskel was in the wrong system maybe not. Time will only tell.

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