Jeff Driskel, Dominique Easley, Loucheiz Purifoy named to preseason watch lists
Three Florida football players have been named to the Preseason watch lists for two prestigious postseason awards.
Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel has been named to the Maxwell Award watch list - an award given annually to the nation's top college players.
UF defensive lineman Dominique Easley and defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy were both named to annual Bednarik Award watch list, which is presented to the nation’s top college defensive player each season.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell award and the Bednarik award will be announced on Oct. 29, while the three finalists for each award will be released on Nov. 25. The winners will be announced at the annual Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 12.
Driskel, who will begin his junior season as the Gators' starting QB for the second season, passed for 1,646 yards with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions as a sophomore, while also rushing for 413 yards and four touchdowns.
Easley, a senior, has played in 29 games with 23 career starts, and 67 tackles. Purifoy, a junior, has 12 starts at cornerback, 26 appearances. He also has one start at wide receiver. Purifoy is the team’s leading returning tackler with 51 tackles last season.