Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel sprained his left knee against Miami on September 7th. After an open date this past weekend, the Gator signal-caller says he’ll be ready come Saturday when Tennessee visits in the SEC opener for both schools.
According to Driskel, his knee is “feeling a lot better” after the time off.
The Gator offense sputtered against Toledo in the Gators opener. The next week, Brent Pease’s group rolled up 400+ yards on Miami, only to turn the ball over five times in an ugly, sloppy loss. Now Driskel and company will need to dust off the cobwebs from an open date and fix some of their early-season mistakes:
“Just getting back to the basics. That’s what you do during the bye week. For me, cleaning up the reads, taking what’s there and not trying to force anything. That’s what I’m going to have to do, and I really took that to hear. Just get back to the basics, take what’s there and move on to the next play…
When we eliminate turnovers our offense has been doing really well this year. Like we’ve said all along, when we handle us we’ll be find. That’s what we’re going to try and do.”
While the Gators have been trying to handle themselves — sorry, couldn’t resist — they’ve also had time to eyeball Tennessee’s 59-14 loss to Oregon over the weekend. Driskel’s take: “I think we have the players where we can hit some big plays. We just have to make them when they’re there. Oregon really took advantage of the looks when they were there and you can put up some big points when you take advantage of your opportunities.”
Driskel did just that last year in Knoxville. He threw for 219 yards (his second best effort as a starter) and rushed for another 81 as UF notched its eighth win in a row over the Vols, 37-20. This season, Driskel has run the ball 17 times for 38 yards, but coming off a knee injury, it will be interesting to see just how much running the Gator QB does on Saturday.