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Gators starting QB Driskel doubtful for Saturday; Time set for UF-FSU game

Starting quarterback Jeff Driskel is doubtful for Saturday's game against Jacksonville State, coach Will Muschamp said Monday morning.

Driskel suffered a sprain to his right ankle during the third quarter of the win against Louisiana and did not return to the game. Muschamp said that nothing is broken in the ankle, but the severity of the sprain and his availability going forward are in question. Driskel is currently wearing a protective boot on his right foot and ankle as a precautionary measure to help keep the area stabilized.

If he can't play, fellow sophomore Jacoby Brissett will make the start.

"We'll try to get (Driskel) on the field Wednesday," Muschamp said. "If he can't go by then, certainly we'll go with Jacoby. We have all the confidence in the world Jacoby will play well. ... We're going to continue to work through the week and see if he can do anything. If he can, great. If he can't, we'll move forward."

Florida-Florida State time set

The annual rivalry game between two of the state's top football programs  will be played at 3:30 p.m. and aired on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday.

The Gators and Seminoles each have just one loss, and this year's game is shaping up to be one of the biggest in recent history.

Florida has not had a game with a kickoff later than 6 p.m. this season.

 

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I say if Brissett can move the ball and rack up 1st down without turning over the ball, forget Driskel and move on. I mean, the Gators are winning, but the more yards and points that the passing game can produce, the better it is for the team. Right now the passing game is causing the pollsters to not take the Gators seriously. They think the Gators are a One Trick Pony. That does not mean we give Brissett the freedom to do anything and not ride his back about stupid mistakes. He needs to understand that it all about results.

Our O-line is the glaring weakness. Had breakfast Sunday morning with a ULL booster who said the ULL coach told the boosters at a breakfast earlier that week the game plan was simple -- stack the box with 9 and keep things close going into the 4th qtr. If the ULL boosters know how to neutralize the Gator offense any D-coordinator of a top 10 team is going to do the same.

We can't pass protect or run block effectively. It's one thing if the rush was coming off the edge but ULL was busting right up the middle. I don't believe we are being 'out-physicaled', I think our guys simply don't understand the blocking schemes or they are not executing them well.

At this late stage of the year I'm not sure how that gets fixed.

Forget the pollsters man. I say let Jacoby play to see if he can improve our offensive production cause we will need to do that to beat FSU. We need some kind of change to stir things up, the last 3 games have been very dismal offensively. We can't ride the D and special teams all season, the O needs to step up too. Jacoby did fine at the end of the game, all he needs is more playing time and practice. Give him all the reps in practice and let him start next week to be ready for FSU.

BTW, Hammond has to make that catch on Brissett's deep ball -- would've been tough but he had both hands on it. Clay Burton too for that matter.

Given that Brissett has barely played since week 1, I think he did a fine job stepping in.

Pease has his work cut out for him in scheming for the 'Noles. Maybe the Gators were sleep walking and maybe ULL was playing out of their heads, maybe both. Regardless, we've got two weeks to get it right.

The Gator O has been sleep walking for 3 consecutive weeks now. It may not be Driskel's fault but he is hurt and it's easier to replace him than the whole O line. It's not as if Jacoby is a bum, coach said he could win with either QB and they were in close competition for the job. It's been said that Jacoby is the better passer. Well we need much better passing. Let him have a go at it.

Gator Mike hit the nail on the head: our o-line sucks balls.

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