SEC Football Top 150 Players: No. 150, Jeff Driskel, Florida QB
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Starting April 2, the SEC Blog will be counting down the top 150 players for 2012 in the SEC.
No. 150: Jeff Driskel, No. 6, QB, Florida
2011 Stats: 16-of-34, 148 yards, zero touchdowns, two interceptions, 18 rushing yards, long of 31.
Driskel came to Florida as the hot-shot recruit, only to get thrown into the fire before he was ready for a team that was struggling to find an offensive identity. The dual-threat high school superstar saw limited action first as a backup and then as a starter in place of injured starter John Brantley. An ankle injury derailed his season in early October.
Driskel has high school stats that simply jump off the page. Both Rivals.com and Scout.com rated him has No. 1 quarterback in the country. He threw for 4,844 yards and 36 touchdowns during his career at Hagerty High School in Oviedo, Fla. and was named the National Player of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club in 2010.
Experience. Driskel experienced more than head coach Will Muschamp wanted in his freshman campaign, and while that experience may be useful, it also may limit his progression. Nobody doubts his physical ability, but the game needs to slow down a bit for him as a sophomore.
He's in a battle with fellow sophomore Jacoby Brissett for the Florida starting quarterback job in 2012, so there's no guarantee that he'll actually play. If he wins the job, Driskel will complete about 55 percent of his passes, throw more touchdowns than interceptions and add around 300 rushing yards. Not bad, but not enough to make Florida fans feel comfortable with the Gator quarterback position.
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