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Jeff Driskel Injury: Updates on Florida QB's Ankle

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2012

Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel suffered a right ankle sprain in the third quarter against Louisiana Lafayette, yet the severity of the injury is unknown, as Palm Beach Post’s Jason Lieser reports:

UF coach Will Muschamp says QB Jeff Driskel has a sprained R ankle, unsure of severity. No broken bones.

— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) November 10, 2012

UPDATE: Wednesday, November 21 at 11:38 a.m. ET

After confirming that Jeff Driskel (ankle) will play Saturday, Florida head coach Will Muschamp stated today that his star QB will indeed start as well, according to USA Today's Paul Myerberg.

Muschamp says that Jeff Driskel will start on Saturday vs. FSU.

— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) November 21, 2012

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Monday, November 19 at 12:03 p.m. ET

Great news for Gators fans as Jeff Driskel (ankle) is expected to play Saturday, according to Palm Beach Post's Jason Lieser per Florida head coach Will Muschamp.

UF coach WIll Muschamp says QB Jeff Driskel (sprained ankle) will play vs. Florida State.

— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) November 19, 2012

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Wednesday, November 14 at 11:23 a.m. ET

Jacoby Brissett, not Jeff Driskel, will start for the Florida Gators this week, according to GatorZone.com's Scott Carter.

#Gators coach Will Muschamp says JacobyBrissett will start at quarterback Saturday.

— Scott Carter (@GatorZoneScott) November 14, 2012

ESPN's Edward Aschoff went on to confirm that Driskel will not play Saturday:

Muschamp says Jeff Driskel is out and Jacoby Brissett will start at QB this weekend against Jacksonville State

— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) November 14, 2012

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Monday, November 12 at 12:13 p.m. ET

Awful news for Gators fans as Jeff Driskel is currently doubtful for this week's game, according to Palm Beach Post's Jason Lieser per Florida head coach Will Muschamp.

Gators coach Will Muschamp says QB Jeff Driskel (sprained R ankle) is doubtful. UF likely will start Jacoby Brissett vs J'ville St.

— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) November 12, 2012

---End of Update---

 

After the game, coach Will Muschamp indicated that Driskel's injury could be a high sprain, as OnlyGators reported:

Florida #Gators head coach Will Muschamp just said on Gator Radio Network that Jeff Driskel has a sprain, indicated could be "high-ankle."

OnlyGators.com (@onlygators) November 10, 2012

A high ankle sprain would be a worst-case sprain for Driskel.

Luckily, Florida has an easy home matchup against Jacksonville St. next Saturday in the Swamp. After this Saturday, though, we all know these games don't come easy to the Gators.

Driskel was 13-of-16 for 98 yards and a touchdown with 76 rushing yards when he was taken to the locker room. He finished as the Gators’ leading rusher on the day.

Sophomore Jacoby Brissett replaced Driskel, rallying the Gators back from a 17-13 deficit to outlast Louisiana-Lafayette.

With the Gators behind 20-13 and 50 yards from the end zone, the backup took the team down the field to tie the game, putting an exclamation point on the drive with a three-yard touchdown toss to Quinton Dunbar.

Florida’s special teams did the rest, blocking a punt and returning it for a score with three seconds left to win 27-20.

The Gators were able to weather the storm without Driskel but are better served going into battle with him. His absence will hinder the Gators ability to make plays in the passing game going forward.

While Brisset posses a powerful arm, he does not have the accuracy and running ability of Driskel to make plays outside the pocket.

Florida may have been able to escape the Swamp with a victory, but their quarterback’s status turns every game into a potential upset from here on out.

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