Saturday, October 8, 2011
Jeff Driskel not dressed for Florida
By Edward Aschoff
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Hello, from the real Death Valley!
The speculation as to which freshman quarterback would get the start for the Gators appears to be over.
According to a report by The Orlando Sentinel, true freshman Jeff Driskel will miss today's game with an ankle injury and classmate Jacoby Brissett will get the start in his place.
Earlier this morning, word from Florida's camp was that both freshmen could get snaps today. Now, it seems as though just one of them will.
Florida's offense is warming up as we speak and Driskel isn't dressed or taking snaps with Brissett or redshirt freshman Tyler Murphy. The offensive players have been talking with Brissett and giving him some extra love during warmups, probably looking to give him some extra encouragement.
Did we mention he has yet to take a snap this year?
Both quarterbacks have thrown the ball well so far, but there hasn't been any pressure in their faces. Well, outside of a very, very focused Charlie Weis who is eyeballing these two like a hawk on the field.
After talking with a couple Florida people up here, there could be some new wrinkles in this Florida offense today. I say keep it simple with the young guns, but some trickeration might throw the Tigers off a little bit. The Gators are going to need to do a lot of new things to frustrate this LSU defense ... a lot.
It doesn't help that LSU's student section is extremely fired up. These guys were out in full force inside Tiger Stadium a couple of hours before game time and were really giving it to Florida's young quarterbacks.
Mike the Tiger is making his way around the stadium, which is always pretty cool. One reporter said she wanted to pet him. Yeah, at your own risk. Still, I wonder if he'll be doing postgame interviews after the game.
It's a sea of yellow down there and there is a slight breeze. What a great atmosphere for football.