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Jeff Driskel is a true freshman who enrolled early and participated in spring practice for the Gators. This gave him a leg up on the other freshmen and a chance to start learning the playbook early. The move benefited Driskel as he was named the backup quarterback after the spring game.
Driskel was the consensus No. 1 overall quarterback from the class of 2011. He is a dual-threat quarterback who has the ability to take off and run if a play breaks down.
Driskel is the only other Gator quarterback (not counting Trey Burton, who is listed at RB) who has any passing stats on the season other than John Brantley. For the most part Driskel has looked every bit of a freshman when he has come into games. On the season he is 7-of-16 passing for 73 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.
His interception against Florida Atlantic came after an overthrown pass and was his fault. On the other hand, the interception against Kentucky was not his fault. Driskel zipped a great pass into his receiver's hands near the goal line, only to have the ball bounce off his pads and into a Kentucky defender's hands.
Driskel has showed that he has a strong arm, but does not look comfortable at the position just yet. Against Alabama he waited too long to throw the ball, resulting in several sacks. Driskel needs to develop an internal clock and use his ability to run if he cannot find a receiver open.
Driskel is the current front-runner in most minds because he is the only other quarterback with playing experience this season.