After a breakout game against Tennessee on Saturday, Florida sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel is already invoking memories of a certain former Gators star by the name of Tim Tebow.
Driskel shares the same knack for creating a big play with his feet that made Tebow an icon at UF, running for 81 yards on eight carries against the Volunteers.
“That's definitely a big part of my game being able to run the ball,” Driskel said. “When we're in spread, it really spreads out the defense and there's minimal people in the box, so if they're willing to spread them out like that and they're all covered and they're man to man, they can't hang one for me, so I can make a big play.”
Sounds familiar, right?
One run in particular against Tennessee, when Driskel scrambled to his right and then tip-toed the sideline before turning the run back upfield and toward the hash marks instead of running out of bounds, was vintage Tebow.
“No, I mean I try to make a vertical cut and get as many yards as possible,” Driskel said. “I don't really try to get out of bounds.”
At 6-4, 237 pounds, Driskel has said he isn’t hesitant to take a hit, and that he prides himself on his ability to get the extra yard instead of sliding. This isn’t new territory for Driskel. And he said he’s heard the comparisons to Florida’s favorite son since high school.
“I mean I've definitely heard those comparisons,” he said. “Even back in high school, just because of our body size and the way we can run the ball. It's nice to be compared but I wouldn't go that far and say I try to be like him or watch his film and try to be like him, but I guess we do play similar styles."
While the two share similar attributes, it’s simply way too early in Driskel’s career to start drawing any real comparisons in terms of statistics, wins, Heisman Trophies and national championships.