GAINESVILLE -- Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel will have season-ending surgery Wednesday on his broken right fibula.
The junior sustained the gruesome injury in the first quarter of No. 20 Florida’s 31-17 win over Tennessee on Saturday.
“That’s part of the game, but it’s very difficult to deal with,” coach Will Muschamp said.
“It really hurt for him, his family and us as a football team.”
Muschamp said doctors would insert a metal plate in Driskel’s leg. The recovery process is roughly 4four to six months.
Redshirt junior Tyler Murphy filled in admirably (218 total yards, two touchdowns) and will make his first career start on the road at Kentucky (7:00 p.m., ESPNU).
Murhpy said it was difficult to see Driskel go down and said UF’s injured incumbent starter told him: “It’s your time, now.”
Muschamp updated the statuses of the rest of Florida’s hobbled starters. Cornerback Marcus Roberson (knee) and right tackle Tyler Moore (ankle) both missed Saturday’s victory but are expected to play against the Wildcats.
Tailback Valdez Showers (ankle) is doubtful.
Reserve tight end Colin Thompson will miss “one or two weeks” with a stress fracture in his foot.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. was named the SEC's Defensive Player of the Week after Saturday's standout performance against Tennessee.
Fowler had three tackles -- all for a loss -- a sack and two forced fumbles.
"I actually didn't know that [redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman] was starting until right before we ran out of the tunnel. I didn't know who he was. I don't remember seeing him on film. ... I didn't know he didn't make it to halftime. I thought he played the whole game. I couldn't really tell the difference [between Peterman & backup Justin Worley]. I really don't care. When the quarterback is in the game I just want to hit him."
--- Fowler Jr. on Tennessee's quarterback quagmire
"Turnover are like points. Six turnovers in a game is a lot. I wouldn't be suprised if we get candy or something."
--- Fowler Jr. on Florida's defensive effort against the Vols
THIS & THAT
Redshirt freshman Skyler Morhinweg is Florida's backup quarterback. Freshman Max Staver will slide into the No. 3 role. ... Cornerback Brian Poole will be suspended for the first half against Kentucky after being ejected for a targeting penalty in the fourth quarter versus Tennessee. ... CBS invoked its six-day window for Oct. 5 games --- including the Arkansas-Florida matchup. The Gators will host the Razorbacks at either 3:30 p.m. (on CBS) or 7 p.m. (on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU).
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