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Florida Gators QB Jeff Driskel named SEC offensive player of the week

GAINESVILLE — After leading Florida to its second come-from-behind road win in two weeks, sophomore QB Jeff Driskel was named SEC offensive player of the week on Monday.

In a 37-20 victory over Tennessee, Driskel was 14-of-20 for 219 yards with two touchdowns, and rushed for 81 yards. He accounted for 300 of Florida's 555 offensive yards, the most for the Gators in an SEC game since 2001. He helped the Gators score 27 second-half points, throwing touchdown passes for 23 and 75 yards to overcome a 14-10 halftime deficit. Driskel also had a season-long 28-yard rush .

"It's a great honor," Driskel said Monday. "There are all kinds of great players out there putting all kinds of crazy numbers up. It's cool to get that honor, but I wouldn't have any numbers like that if Frankie (Hammond) wouldn't have taken a little hitch 75 yards or the offensive line creating holes all over the place. It's kind of a team thing."

INJURY UPDATE: Senior RB Mike Gillislee is still dealing with a groin injury, but coach Will Muschamp said Gillislee told him he felt better after the UT game than he did going in, and he expects him to play Saturday against Kentucky. Muschamp expects to be updated Wednesday on the status of LB Jelani Jenkins (broken thumb), OL Chaz Green (ankle) is probable and DT Dominique Easley (knee swelling) is day to day.

WEATHERING THE STORM: It has been a difficult season for Kentucky and coach Joker Phillips. The Wildcats are 1-2 and coming off an upset 32-31 loss to Western Kentucky. And now Kentucky plays at No. 14 Florida.

In Phillips' 22 years at UK — two as head coach, four as a player and 16 as an assistant — he has never defeated the Gators.

Asked why he should get more time to turn things around, Phillips said Monday: "Well, I mean, we got 72 freshmen and sophomores in this program. We just played a program that has 50 juniors and seniors. We got to be better than that. But we got a lot of good, young players playing ball for us. … A lot of them playing significant roles. My job is to make sure we win football games, continue to do the things we need to do to win football games. The first order of business is focusing on Florida."

PROPER THANKS: Early Sunday, Hammond posted a photo on his Twitter account of his game-changing 75-yard touchdown. The photo included fellow WR Quinton Dunbar making the final block that sprung Hammond to give the Gators a 34-20 lead. Hammond said he wanted to acknowledge that success is about the team, not one individual. "If somebody scores a play 2 yards or 100 yards, it really wouldn't make a difference, it's (still) not just me that made that play," Hammond said. "There's a lot of guys — Driskel picking up the protection, guys blocking down the field. It takes all 11 of us to be on the same page to get the job done. I scored the touchdown, but 10 other guys helped me do that."

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