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Driskel can succeed under the right circumstances.
Sophomore QB Jeff Driskel worked hard to earn his starting QB gig this season. Since Gators coach Will Muschamp put him behind center, Driskel has improved steadily in each game.
But like any young QB, he's still learning his progressions.
Driskel was sacked eight times against Texas A&M two games ago, the vast majority of which were his own fault. He was hesitant and indecisive in his reads.
The following week, in a 37-20 win against the Tennessee Volunteers, Driskel wasn't sacked once. Offensive Coordinator Brent Pease noted significant improvement from the young QB (per PalmBeachPost.com):
You have four to five seconds where things can happen once the ball is snapped—or less. He’s just starting to see the whole picture. He’s understanding what defenses are doing to him, how the moving parts are going to take place, so your anticipation is much better.
Driskel completed 14-of-20 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns against the Vols. He's got upside and is only getting better.
Muschamp can help Driskel much the same way New York Jets coach Rex Ryan helps his QB, Mark Sanchez. That is, simplify his reads by rolling him out on play-action bootlegs, forcing him to only focus on one side of the field.
That also puts Driskel in a position to make plays on the run—something he's perfectly capable of.
LSU has a fast, physical D, and Driskel will need to make good decisions quickly. This is one way to help him do just that.