Florida Football vs Texas A&M: Jeff Driskel's Performance Solid for Offense Now

Kevin King@kevin glen kingSenior Analyst IISeptember 8, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 08:  Jeff Driskel #6 of the Florida Gators throws the ball against Deshazor Everett #29 of the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on September 8, 2012 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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He was sacked eight times! He threw just 16 passes in the game.

Still, late in the game, when it was needed most, his 21-yard roll-out run for the first down sealed the win.

Those who saw Jeff Driskel as the rock-solid starter for this Florida Gators team saw nothing to change that today. Those who were not a fan before the game likely still aren't.

Driskel completed 13 of his 16 throws for 162 yards—and no touchdowns—but most importantly, no interceptions. 

While he was, at times, indecisive, he didn't make the big mistakes. Of the eight total sacks, several are a direct result of the Gator offensive line being overwhelmed by the Aggies defense. 

There is no doubt Driskel could have avoided some of the sacks. But his performance under constant pressure by the Aggie defense was very solid overall.

In the new Florida offensive philosophy, having a quarterback who doesn't turn the ball over is almost as important as throwing touchdown passes—almost.

In year two of coach Will Muschamp's remaking of the Florida Gator football team, he has many of the parts in place. But there is still work to be done.

The offensive line is one area where more improvements are needed.

The Gators offensive line is not on par with the top SEC teams yet. Though improved over last season, it still isn't where needed to make the offense work well against quality defenses.

In the meantime, you are going to see some gut-wrenching games. Close, defense-driven contests won by a run-oriented offense that doesn't turn the ball over.

That is just the way it is right now. Florida's remake is 80 percent complete. The Gators have a great defense, great special teams and some good runners. They need improvement on the offensive line, at receiver and some more experience at quarterback.

As a result, some Gator fans accustomed to the pass-happy offensive days of the Meyer and Spurrier eras must be patient. This staff plans to have a good passing game as well. It simply needs more time to be developed.

In the meantime, you want to win ball games, so the coaches do what they need to do with the players they have. That's good coaching. 

Jeff Driskel's numbers may not have won his doubters in the fanbase over today. But you can bet the coaches saw a winner at work.