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Driskel to miss start of Gators camp with appendicitis

Jeff Driskel, the starter at a very thin position for UF, will miss a couple of weeks of fall practice.

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Jeff Driskel, the starter at a very thin position for UF, will miss a couple of weeks of fall practice.

GAINESVILLE — Three days before the Florida football team is scheduled to start camp, starting quarterback Jeff Driskel had an appendectomy and will miss at least two weeks of practice.

"Jeff had acute appendicitis and fortunately the medical staff caught it very quickly," Gators coach Will Muschamp said.

Muschamp said the junior's surgery went well. Driskel tweeted a thank you for get-well wishes and prayers.

No other player on the roster has thrown a pass in a college game. Redshirt junior Tyler Murphy is the No. 2 quarterback.

The 6-foot-4, 237-pound Driskel enters a season as the undisputed starter for the first time. He began last fall in a battle with Jacoby Brissett. He won the job after the first game and led the Gators to a 10-2 season. Brissett has since transferred to North Carolina State.

Players killed as SUV rolls

Texas A&M redshirt freshman Polo Manukainiu and a friend who was joining the Utah football team this fall were among three people killed in a single-car rollover crash in the high desert of northern New Mexico.

Manukainiu, a 19-year-old defensive lineman for the Aggies, and 18-year-old Utah recruit Gaius "Keio" Vaenuku died, officials from both schools said. The wreck happened Monday evening on U.S. 550 near Cuba, about 85 miles north of Albuquerque. They were apparently returning to suburban Dallas, where three of them had ties to Euless Trinity High.

New Mexico state police said Manukainiu and Vaenuku were passengers in a southbound 2002 Toyota Sequoia that drifted off the sagebrush-lined highway, according to Texas A&M.

Alcohol wasn't involved and it appeared that the driver, who was not immediately identified, was the only one wearing a seat belt. Passenger Andrew "Lolo" Uhatafe also died at the scene, the A&M statement said.

Survivors included Salesi Uhatafe and his son Salesi Jr., an incoming freshman player for Utah and a stepbrother of Manukainiu. Both suffered minor injuries, authorities said.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel posted on Twitter: "Heart hurts waking up to news about Polo."

Suspension but no charge for OSu's Hyde: Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde was suspended for at least three games and must "meet additional obligations," according to coach Urban Meyer, before he plays again. Hyde, a 6-foot-2, 242-pound senior from Naples, had been suspended indefinitely after he was named a person of interest in an investigation into an alleged assault of a woman in downtown Columbus. Police said earlier Tuesday that the case had been dropped.

Michigan State: Junior offensive tackle Skyler Burkland is quitting the program because of multiple injuries and will forgo his final two years of eligibility. Burkland applied for a medical disqualification and will remain on scholarship but won't count toward the NCAA's 85-man scholarship limit.

Basketball: A son of Dodgers manager Don Mattingly will play for Bob Knight's son. Preston Mattingly committed to Lamar and coach Pat Knight. Mattingly, 26 next month, spent six seasons in the minor leagues, but never advanced past Class A.

Driskel to miss start of Gators camp with appendicitis 07/30/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 11:14pm]
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