Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Muschamp: Jeff Driskel is out Saturday
By Edward Aschoff
Florida coach Will Muschamp said during Wednesday's SEC coaches call that starting quarterback Jeff Driskel is out for Saturday's game with Jacksonville State.
Driskel suffered an ankle injury in Florida's 27-20 win against Louisiana-Lafayette last Saturday and was listed as doubtful at the beginning of the week. Driskel has been in a walking boot and on crutches this week, so no one should be surprised at the news. Muschamp added that Driskel wasn't going to be able to practice on Wednesday.
And since he can't practice on Wednesday, he won't play Saturday, Muschamp said. Fellow sophomore Jacoby Brissett will get the start against the Gamecocks.
"I have a lot of confidence in Jacoby, and this is his opportunity," Muschamp said. "I'm looking forward to seeing him play."
Muschamp said Driskel's ankle injury was a "day-to-day" issue and he wasn't sure if he'd be available for next week's game against No. 10 Florida State in Tallahassee.
Driskel's injury puts Florida's offense in an awkward situation. Obviously, the offense has to go on, but Driskel and his receivers need all the time on the field they can get. Florida's passing game has really taken some steps back in the past few weeks, and heading into the FSU game without Driskel in the lineup does nothing for generating better chemistry.
He'll have to really be on those mental reps in practice.
Muschamp also said three other players are out for Saturday's game: wide receiver Andre Debose (knee), safety De'Ante Saunders (knee) and linebacker Neiron Ball (ankle).
Muschamp also said defensive back Valdez Showers and offensive lineman Ian Silberman are questionable with shoulder injuries. Offensive linemen Xavier Nixon and James Wilson are both probable with knee injuries.
Muschamp comments on Floyd
A USA Today story concerning defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd's adoption by Kevin Lahn last year has raised questions outside of Florida's football program about his eligibility, but Muschamp said he was aware of everything going on and was "absolutely never concerned about any eligibility issues" surrounding Floyd's situation, and never thought what Floyd or Lahn did was wrong.
"Sharrif's a fine young man," Muschamp said. "Everything is above board that the University of Florida has handled in Sharrif and Kevin Lahn. What is wrong with someone caring about someone else? What is so bad about that is my question. The young man has done nothing wrong. My statements speak for themselves in what I said a year ago, and I stand by it today."