Florida Football: Gators Who Must Step Up If Jeff Driskel Is out vs. FSU
Despite their recent success, everything is not well for the Florida Gators.
According to ESPN.com, the team lost starting quarterback Jeff Driskel to a high ankle sprain.
And even though the Gators convincingly won Saturday's matchup against Jacksonville State, their chances of winning a bowl game are considerably lower with Driskel's injury.
But this Florida Gator team has a few players who can step up in Driskel's absense.
Senior running back Mike Gillislee stepped up in Driskel's absence against Jacksonville State.
Gillislee rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown against Jacksonville State, averaging 6.1 yards per rush in the process.
This sort of production is crucial as Driskel's mobility at quarterback is surely missed.
If the team is not able to be as mobile with Jacoby Brissett at the helm, then Gillislee must have another stellar performance next week against Florida State.
Much like Gillislee, Trey Burton must counteract the lack of run production.
The junior running back can be used in the Wildcat to keep defenders guessing, as the unpredictability of Driskel is what the team is truly missing.
Burton only had three receptions and three rushes in Saturday's game, so he must be used more often.
If Saturday's game against Jacksonville State showed all that backup Jacboy Brissett can do, then the junior must work on capitalizing on his production.
Brissett threw for 154 yards and had a 122.4 quarterback rating. Despite the fairly decent production, he did not throw a touchdown.
This is alarming considering the competition.
If Brissett was not able to capitalize against Jacksonville State, then he will find himself with more than he can handle against rival Florida State.
The kicker is often the most unappreciated position in football, but it should be one of the most highly regarded in the case of the Florida Gators.
Even with a possible drop in production, the team should not worry much as they only allow 12.9 points per game.
Saturday's game featured only one touchdown courtesy of running back Mike Gillislee. The rest of the points were from extra points and field goals by Caleb Sturgis.
Although the Gators won't shut out their opponents like they did on Saturday, they should be able to continue their success by continually reaching field goal range.