2011 Florida Gators Football: 5 Things You May Not Know About Jeff Driskel

John PattonContributor IOctober 5, 2011

Jeff Driskel tries to avoid Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw in last weekend's 38-10 loss to the Crimson Tide.
Jeff Driskel tries to avoid Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw in last weekend's 38-10 loss to the Crimson Tide.Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

When he signed a national letter of intent to play for Florida, no doubt Jeff Driskel had high hopes to go along with the considerable talent he was bringing to Gainesville as the nation's No. 1-ranked quarterback prospect, according to both Rivals and Scout, in the Class of 2011.

There is no way he wanted to inherit the starting job via injury, but that's exactly what has happened, as senior John Brantley went down with what is believed to be a high right ankle sprain just before halftime of last weekend's game against Alabama.

Brantley is wearing a walking boot and has been declared out for this Saturday afternoon's game at powerful Louisiana State, and now, it is up to Driskel to run the Gators' offense.

The possibility exists that Brantley, who will not require surgery, also might not be ready to go the next weekend at defending BCS national champion Auburn, so Driskel could be in line for two consecutive starts prior to UF's bye week.

Here are five things you may not have known about the 19-year-old freshman quarterback.

1. Also a talented centerfielder, Driskel batted .350 as a junior at Oviedo (Fla.) Hagerty High School and said he would like to play both football and baseball at UF.

2. In his final high school game, a 56-35 loss at Lakeland High School, Driskel finished 15-of-29 for 182 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He carried 20 times for 270 yards and a pair of touchdowns. And get this: He caught a 42-yard touchdown pass.

3. Though he committed to Florida relatively early (Dec. 10, 2010) so he could enroll in January, Driskel also considered Alabama and LSU, among others.

4. Driskel's younger brother Jason is now the starting quarterback at Hagerty. A 6'1", 200-pound sophomore, Jason has opened the season 33-of-77 for 415 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. He also has a long run this year of 29 yards.

5. Driskel might not be the only quarterback to play on Saturday. Coach Will Muschamp said redshirt freshman Tyler Murphy and true freshman Jacoby Brissett could see action against the Tigers, depending on who practices best and gives the Gators the best chance to win.

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