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September 21, 2013

Driskel sidelined for season

GAINESVILLE -- The Tyler Murphy era is officially underway.

Gators starting quarterback Jeff Driskel will miss the rest of the 2013 season after breaking his right fibula early in the first quarter in Florida’s 31-17 win over Tennessee on Saturday.

(Courtesy SB Nation)

Driskel was injured while throwing a pick-six -- UT’s only touchdown in the first half -- after UT defensive end Marlon Walls fell on the junior’s leg.

Coach Will Muschamp immediately knew Driskel was hurt badly.

“When he looked at the sideline and waved I knew it was not good,” Muschamp said.

Driskel will have surgery Sunday.

“I’m disappointed for Jeff because he’s worked extremely hard for this season,” Muschamp said. “One man’s misfortunes are another man’s opportunity and Tyler Murphy certainly took advantage of his opportunity.”

Murphy impressed, completing 8-of-14 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 84 yards and a score -- all career firsts.

“He did a fantastic job coming into these circumstances and performing well,” Muschamp said. “I thought he managed the game extremely well and made plays.”

Murphy will start next weekend against Kentucky.

But for Florida’s incumbent starter, Saturday was a brutal blow. Driskel, much maligned after a tough outing in the loss to Miami on Sept. 7, was slowed by a slight knee strain in practice, yet started his 15th career game Saturday.

“It’s going to hurt us,” Muschamp said. “He won a lot of ballgames for us.” 

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Saturday Selections: Florida-Tennessee thread

Live (or soon to be) from The Swamp...

The Gators and Volunteers kickoff in roughly four hours at 3:30 p.m., CBS - SEC Game of the Week. 

UT hasn't beat UF since 2004. Since then, the Gators have won a pair of BCS National Championships, while the Vols are on their fourth head coach. 


ICYMI: My advance on today's game. Against UT, Gators out to fix problems in the red zone.  



Freshman wideout Demarcus Robinson has been suspended for today's game for violating team rules, the school announced a short time ago. 

Robinson, a heralded prospect, has yet to catch a pass in two games. The 6-foot-2, 201 pound WR has been targeted three times. 

*****UPDATE NO. 2*****

Tennessee announced redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman will start at quarterback. Helluva place to have your first career start. 


I hope y'all are paying attention 'cause I'm making fools money with these picks.

Scoreboard: 13-6 ATS, 1-1 selecting Florida games

This week's six-pack:

LSU (-17) vs. Auburn 

Texas A&M (-27.5) vs. SMU

Georgia Tech (-6.5) vs. North Carolina

Mizzou (-3) at Indiana  

Georgia (-32) vs. North Texas

And finally, Florida (-17) over Tennessee. 

It's a fat number and one UF likely can't cover -- SO TAKE THE UNDER (47.5) -- but why am I picking the Gators?

Tennessee has limited depth -- on both sides of the ball. A quarterback battle the week before playing one of the nation's top defenses? Not good either. When Rajion Neal is your top offensive threat, you're in trouble. 

Enjoy the game, everybody. 

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