- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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Florida could be without starting quarterback Jeff Driskel this weekend against Jacksonville State.
Coach Will Muschamp said during his weekly Monday news conference that the sophomore is doubtful after he sprained his ankle in the Gators' 29-24 win over Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday.
That means fellow sophomore Jacoby Brissett will get the start if Driskel can't go. He came in for Driskel against the Ragin' Cajuns, completing 6 of 8 passes for 64 yards and one touchdown. Brissett is no stranger to the field, as he played in eight games last year, but he's watched Driskel for most of the 2012 season.
While resting Driskel this weekend will help him heal before next week's clash with No. 10 Florida State in Tallahassee, it does hurt him in the growth department. With the offense taking some mighty steps back in the past few weeks, this team needs Driskel on the field as much as possible. The more chemistry he can develop with his struggling receivers, the better.
This injury came at a weird time. Yes, Driskel can rest, but it's tough to make any sort of strides in the passing game without him practicing and playing. Obviously, Driskel's health comes first, but you have to think that if Driskel can play, he'll go in order to help get some rhythm back in the passing game.
Mental reps will really come in handy this week for Driskel if he has to sit. Expect Driskel and offensive coordinator Brent Pease to spend even more time going over that playbook this week.