Jeff Driskel had his moments last season, but on all-too-frequent occasions, the sophomore quarterback was a pain in the sides of Florida and its supporters.
Recently, Driskel got a pain-in-the-side of his own.
According to Gatorzone.com, Driskel had his appendix removed at UF Health Center on Tuesday:
Jeff had acute appendicitis and fortunately the medical staff caught it very quickly, said [head coach Will] Muschamp. His surgery went well and how long he is out will be determined by how his body responds, which could be two weeks.
Driskel is a former blue-chip prospect, ranking No. 16 overall on 247Sports' Class of 2011 composite, and starting his career in Gainesville with Tim Tebow-sized expectations. After winning the starting job as a true sophomore last summer, the grandeur of those predictions only went up.
But he struggled at times in 2012, finishing the year with just 1,646 passing yards and 12 touchdowns on 245 attempts. Pegged as a dual-threat quarterback, he also averaged just 3.5 yards per rush, which was rather underwhelming.
Florida enjoyed great team success last year, finishing the regular season 11-2, but they lost a group of key defenders to the NFL. Driskel will need to be markedly better in 2013 if the Gators want to enjoy the same kind of success.
So how will this surgery affect him? Fortunately, not as much as it could have. As coach Muschamp pointed out, the Gators are fortunate to have identified Driskel's appendicitis when they did. According to WebMD:
Appendicitis is a medical emergency that requires prompt surgery to remove the appendix. Left untreated, an inflamed appendix will eventually burst, or perforate, spilling infectious materials into the abdominal cavity. This can lead to peritonitis, a serious inflammation of the abdominal cavity's lining (the peritoneum) that can be fatal unless it is treated quickly with strong antibiotics.
It's a shame that Driskel might have to miss the first few weeks of training camp. And that certainly won't HELP in his quest to play better this coming season.
But Driskel should be fine now that the surgery is complete, and a couple weeks of practice—no matter how much he may need them—seem like a small price to pay for his health.