Gators suffer 41-11 loss to LSU; John Brantley likely out for Auburn game
The news was delivered to the Florida players on Wednesday night, so they had three days to come to terms with the fact that freshman QB Jeff Driskel’s injured ankle wasn’t going to heal well enough for him to play, leaving freshman Jacoby Brissett with the job of leading the Gators against No. 1 LSU.
“He practiced this week,’’ Florida coach Will Muschamp said. “We came to the conclusion Wednesday night that we just didn't feel like he was healthy enough to go and play in that environment. Tried to rep him throughout the week and it just didn't (work). It wasn't fair to him. It wasn't fair to us.’’
Driskel is Florida’s backup who had played in four games. Brissett had never played in a collegiate game until Saturday. He finished the game with 8-of-14 for 94 yards and two interceptions.
Florida sophomore RB Trey Burton, who also played some quarterback in the game, said he spoke with Brissett during the week about what he would face.
“I just let him know what he was coming into,’’ Burton said. “He knew, he had been here for recruiting visits and stuff like that. I really didn’t have to say too much. He’s a real mature kid. He wasn’t really too worried about it, he wasn’t too nervous and he played really well.
Injured Florida starting QB John Brantley traveled with the team to Baton Rouge, but watched the game from the coaches box. Brantley was on crutches with his with leg in a boot. Muschamp said Brantley more than likely will not play against Auburn this week.