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Gators want Jeff Driskel to be smart when it comes to running



Florida QB Jeff Driskel had 118 carries for 413 yards and four TD’s last season, but one of the objectives of fall camp has been to reiterate the need to be smart when running.

In other words, get down instead of running head on into defenders.

Because Driskel has been non-contact in practice, offensive coordinator Brent Pease said he won’t know until Saturday whether Driskel can contain himself more.

“He understands it,” Pease said. “You just do things visually to show him in practice, little drills here in practice. Sometimes – he’s a competitive kid – so he’s probably gonna go compete to get things right sometimes. He’ll have to learn and understand that you get your pads down. There are plenty of examples from last year where he got popped pretty good. Vanderbilt game, he got popped pretty good. LSU got him. Even when he hurt his ankle against Lafayette. You’ve gotta learn from those things. Go back and show him.”

Driskel said that doesn't in any way mean he won't run the ball. That's just part of who is he as a quarterback - and who the Gators need him to be.

“That’s part of our offense," he said. "We have some designed runs, and obviously, I’m going to have to take off at some points. I’m going to have to be smart with it, not take as many hits, get out of bounds when I can and slide when need be. I’m still going to be running the ball, just need to be smart about it.”

You'd think a guy whose first sport as a youth was baseball wouldn't have any problems learning to slide. But Driskel said it's tougher for him than you might think.

“I’ve never been one to slide," he said. "Ever since I was growing up, I’ve been physical and more physical than most quarterbacks. They’re bigger and stronger than they used to be, and I’ve got to know that. Just be smart and get down because that’s what is best for the team.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 5:55pm]


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