Florida QB Jeff Driskel undergoes appendectomy
With only three days before the Gators are scheduled to start fall practice, starting quarterback Jeff Driskel underwent an appendectomy, Florida coach Will Muschamp announced.
“Jeff had acute appendicitis and fortunately the medical staff caught it very quickly,” Muschamp said. “His surgery went well and how long he is out will be determined by how his body responds, which could be two weeks.”
The loss of Driskel at the start of fall camp is a huge blow to the Gators, who are extremely thin at the position in terms of experience.
Besides Driskel, no other player on the roster has thrown a pass in a collegiate game.
The 6-foot-4, 237 pound Driskel was about to enter the season as the undisputed starter for the first time in his career. He began last fall in a battle for the position with former Gator Jacoby Brissett. He eventually won the job after the first game of the 2012 season - and led the Gators to a 10-2 season.
Driskel finished the season with 1,646 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also had over 400 rushing yards with four touchdowns.