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If Florida head coach Will Muschamp is going to stay employed at Florida beyond the 2014 season, quarterback Jeff Driskel will have a big say in it.
The redshirt junior for the Gators is no longer a square peg in a round hole under new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper. Roper, who made the move from Duke to Florida this offseason, employs a hurry-up, no-huddle offense that fits Driskel's dual-threat ability.
"I looked back at 2012 and realized that yards per play and explosives were better for Jeff out of the shotgun," Muschamp said. "That's what led me to Kurt [Roper]."
Driskel agreed and seemed much more comfortable with where he and the offense in general is headed.
"I think I have a chance to have a good season and be one of the better SEC quarterbacks" he said.
In order to do so, he's going to have to make sure those red-zone opportunities count, which would be a departure from the norm.
"I think my turnovers have been talked about a lot," he said. "It's just knowing when to take chances and when not to. My turnovers have really been highlighted because they've been in the red zone. I just have to know when to take the points, know when to live another day, and I think I've been educated on that."
For the sake of Muschamp's own employment, Driskel better be right.
FoxSports.com's Joel Klatt thinks Florida could be the surprise team in the SEC East.
With the defense it will boast, all that offense needs to be is adequate for that prediction to pay off.