Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Florida Gators QB Jeff Driskel likely will miss Jacksonville State game

GAINESVILLE — Florida sophomore QB Jeff Driskel will likely miss Saturday's home finale against Jacksonville State because of a sprained ankle he suffered against Louisiana-Lafayette.

"We'll try to get him on the field Wednesday," Florida coach Will Muschamp said. "If he can't go by then, certainly we'll go with Jacoby (Brissett). We have all the confidence in the world Jacoby will play well. "

Driskel was injured in the third quarter Saturday. Brissett took over, going 6-of-8 for 64 yards and one touchdown.

Driskel is wearing a walking boot. "That's a precautionary," Muschamp said. "That's what we always do with any sprained ankle. They're wanting to see how the swelling (goes). I feel like we'll see Wednesday what he can do or if he can do anything."

PERCEPTION VS. REALITY: Alabama's loss to Texas A&M Saturday began a BCS frenzy, with coaches stating their case for better rankings. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, whose team is generating weak computers rankings, said Monday he believes the system of choosing the nation's top teams needs to be changed, relying more on the human element. Fisher acknowledged he voted the one-loss Seminoles No. 4 on his coaches ballot this week.

Florida is No. 6 in the BCS standings. Yet the Gators aren't generating much buzz among the one-loss teams despite being 3-1 vs. teams ranked in the BCS Top 10, best among top 10 teams. Asked if the Gators are getting proper respect, Muschamp said he can't worry about the outside perception, but it's a concern.

"Unfortunately, in our profession, sometimes perception becomes reality," he said. "I don't apologize for being 3-1 and the only team in the BCS Top 10 that has that record, and a better record than anyone else, and has a tougher schedule than anyone else in the country. So, I don't know what else you need to do.

"As far as our players are concerned, we continue to focus on Florida and what we need to do to be successful: that's preparation for Jacksonville State this weekend. You look at our record, you look at our schedule and what we've accomplished this year, we've had a hell of a year."

PURIFOY HONORED: Florida sophomore DB Loucheiz Purifoy was named the SEC co-special teams player of the week, sharing the honor with Missouri K Andrew Baggett. Purifoy blocked a punt and Jelani Jenkins returned it 36 yards for a touchdown with two seconds left in the Gators' 27-20 come-from-behind win over Louisiana-Lafayette. In the previous week's victory over Missouri, Purifoy blocked a 25-yard field goal.

WILBEKIN, PRATHER OUT: Florida will be without starting PG Scottie Wilbekin and backup F Casey Prather when it hosts Wisconsin on Wednesday night. Wilbekin remains suspended for unspecified reasons, and Prather has headaches and other symptoms from two concussions suffered in nine days.

"I think there's still information that I have to gather," coach Billy Donovan said of Wilbekin, who was suspended Thursday. "As of right now, I am not playing him against Wisconsin, unless something, the things I'm able to find out this week change."

Donovan said Wilbekin is not banned from the practice facility but has not practiced with the team since the suspension. Wilbekin has worked out with a UF assistant coach and lifted weights. "He's still part of our team and our family and those kind of things," Donovan said.

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