The media is set to meet with UF coach Will Muschamp and starting quarterback Jeff Driskel later this morning. While we await the confirmation of several pieices of news (more below), here's a notebook I wrote for the paper last night...
Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel returned to practice Thursday night, the team announced via Twitter.
The junior starter missed the first six days of training camp recovering from an emergency appendectomy on July 30.
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Suspended linebacker Antonio Morrison is supposedly practicing again too, although school officials will not comment on his reinstatement. Earlier in the day, teammate Michael Taylor said Morrison was “back now.”
“It was kind of weird,” Taylor, a redshirt junior linebacker, said. “He was in the meeting room with us today. It was good to see him.”
Morrison missed the first week of camp as part of his two-game suspension.
Matt Rolin, a freshman linebacker and former Under Armour All-American, re-tore his ACL. Rolin had recently been cleared for practice after rehabbing his initial ACL tear sustained last November.
In a series of tweets since deleted, Rolin hinted at the disappointing news...
"He's physical, not afraid to hit, flies around," Taylor said. "It's unfortunate what happened , but he'll be back."
Florida’s pedestrian passing attack has been well documented this offseason, but offensive coordinator Brent Pease said Driskel is perfectly capable of consistent 300-yard games.
“He has the ability to do it,” Pease said. “He has the ability to do it in this system, to do it off his skills.”
In 2012, the Gators ranked No. 118 nationally in passing offense (146.3 yards per game) and struggled with a lack of explosive plays for the third consecutive season. Florida has had just one 300-yard passing game since Tim Tebow graduated in 2009: John Brantley’s 329 yards versus Furman in a wild 52-34 win.
The Gators must replace multiple key playmakers from last season’s fifth-ranked defense, but UF’s revamped defensive line has wrecked havoc early in training camp. Led by tackle Dominique Easley and pass rushers Ronald Powell and Dante Fowler Jr., Florida’s front-four has wowed teammates with their collective talent and depth.
“They’ve got a lot of freaks,” receiver Trey Burton said. “The amount of good guys we have, every position has good players, but the amount they have there is incredible.”
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