Four games ago he was benched for freshman QB Treon Harris after struggling most of the season.
But on Saturday junior QB Jeff Driskel got a shot at some redemption - and helped send his senior teammates out with a 52-3 victory over Eastern Kentucky in their final home game.
Ironically, Driskel would have been a senior if he hadn't been injured last season and forced to redshirt.
Playing the majority of the second half, Driskel was 9-of-11 for 164 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for one touchdown....
GAINESVILLE — In a game filled with farewells and last chances, regrets and what might have been, the Florida Gators did the only thing that mattered Saturday afternoon at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
On an emotional senior day, heightened by the events of the past week, Florida ended a tumultuous home season with a 52-3 win over Eastern Kentucky (9-3) in front of an announced crowd of 83,399 at Florida Field....
Florida junior guard Eli Carter will undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the extent of the left foot injury he sustained in practice on Thursday.
"There's no break," Donovan said. "They're concerned with a lisfranc . . . this is the first thing I've ever heard of lisfranc. They want to look into it to I think rule that out or it's just a mid-foot sprain. If it's that (Lisfranc), from what I've heard it's a pretty extensive time for him to be off. And if it's the other one, then they're hoping 8 to 10 days. So today was the X-ray to make sure there was no break and it wasn't. It's not on bad foot, it's on his other foot. So that's probably a good thing. We're just hoping it's the other thing. I think what they're trying to do right now is really dot their I's and cross their T's. And I really appreciate our medical team going to the nth degree to find out exactly what it is to be sure."...
GAINESVILLE — Playing without two starters and relying on two inexperienced freshmen and a walk-on, No. 8 Florida overcame adversity with a 61-56 overtime win over the University of Louisiana at Monroe Friday night in the O'Connell Center.
For the second consecutive game the Gators (2-1) were without key players due to injury. Junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith missed a second game with fractured bones in his nonshooting hand, and junior guard Eli Carter had a boot on his left leg after suffering a foot injury in Thursday's practice....
Today: Florida State vs. Providence
When/where: 2:30, Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Uncasville, Conn.
Records: FSU 1-1; Providence 3-0
Notable: The Seminoles will play in the third round of the Naismith Memorial Tipoff Classic, having won the first game of the tournament over Manhattan, then dropping the second game to Northeastern. Although at a neutral site, this is the first road game of the season for the Seminoles. Florida State has shot better than 53 percent in both of its first two games of the regular season and enters today shooting 54.9 percent. Four Seminoles starters are shooting 50 percent or better, and combined are shooting 65.2 percent (45 of 69). FSU is also averaging 9.5 steals per game. Junior Aaron Thomas is coming off a 24-point game, the fifth time in his career he's scored at least 24 in a game....
Florida junior guard Eli Carter will not play in tonight's game vs. Louisiana-Monroe after suffering a foot injury in practice on Thursday.
Gators athletic offiicals said Carter's X-rays were negative, but he will undergo an MRI on Saturday.
Carter is the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 14.5 points per game.
He's the second Gator sidelined with an injury since the season began. Junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith suffered two broken bones in his non-shooting hand in the season-opener and has not played since....
College football preview: Florida vs. Eastern Kentucky, noon Saturday, SEC Network Alternate*, 620-AM11/21/14College
Florida vs. Eastern Kentucky, noon, SEC Alternate*, 620-AM
It has been a tumultuous week for the Gators with the late-game collapse and loss to South Carolina last Saturday, then the firing of coach Will Muschamp on Sunday. Florida will bid farewell to 22 seniors in its home finale, as well as the coaching staff. The Gators still need one win in their last two games to become bowl eligible. Muschamp was the defensive backs coach at EKU in 1999....
GAINESVILLE — This certainly isn't the ending any would have written if given the chance to script their final chapter.
In fact, this hasn't been the season — and for some the career — they hoped for when they arrived on the Florida campus four, five or six years ago.
But for 22 Florida seniors, Saturday afternoon at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium will mark their last time ever playing football on Florida Field....
No. 8 Florida vs. Louisiana-Monroe
When/where: 8, O'Connell Center, Gainesville.
TV/radio: SEC Network; 620-AM
Records: Florida 1-1; Louisiana-Monroe 2-0.
Notable: The Gators play for the first time since Monday night's upset loss to unranked Miami. Tonight is a preliminary round game for the "Battle 4 Atlantis" tournament, next week in the Bahamas. Florida junior F Dorian Finney-Smith remains sidelined with fractures in his left index and middle fingers. Coach Billy Donovan said Finney-Smith has swelling and pain. UF forward Chris Walker will be back after a three-game suspension (including an exhibition) for violating team rules. The schools have never met....
Florida senior center Max Garcia has been named one of five finalists for the 2014 Pop Warner National College Football Award. He is joined by Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Stanford
safety Jordan Richards and Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah as the other finalists.
Garcia, a redshirt senior from Norcross, Ga., has started 21-straight games for the Gators. He made the transition to center prior to 2014 and has graded out 97 percent in 635 total plays this year. He has been named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week twice this season and is a candidate for the Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation's top center....
Sophomore S Keanu Neal is expected to return to the lineup this week after missing two weeks with a high ankle sprain.
Safety Duke Dawson is also expected to play this Saturday against Eastern Kentucky.
"Duke Dawson had turf toe," coach Will Muschamp said. "We tried him in pregame last Saturday and he was unable to go, but he’ll be back and ready to go. He practiced well (Tuesday)."...
When he spoke to the media Monday afternoon for the first time after he was fired as Florida's head coach, Will Muschamp said he was unsure of what the future would hold.
"Hasn't crossed my mind as far as what holds after these next two weeks," Muschamp said Monday. "I'll take a little time with Carol (his wife) and hang out and we'll figure it out from there. That's what I've done my whole life. I can't imagine me not doing it, but, again, I want to do what's best for me and my family."...
Florida TE Jack McGee is still pondering his future and whether to ask the NCAA for waiver for a sixth year of eligiblity.
McGee transferred to Florida this past May after graduating from Virginia. He utiliized the NCAA rule which allows players to transfer for a fifth year of eligibility if they have graduated from their previous school.
He arrived in Gainesville with impressive stats and high expectations but suffered a broken leg in the season opener against Eastern Michigan. McGee has not decided whether he'll seek a medical redshirt, coach Will Muschamp said....
Florida coach Will Muschamp, a former NFL assistant, said he believes Gators DE Dante Fowler is a first round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Fowler, a junior, announced on Twitter Tuesday night that does not plan to return for his senior season and will enter the NFL Draft.
Fowler has openly expressed his disappointment that Muschamp, whom he calls a mentor and father figure, was fired on Sunday. While that may have factored in his decision, the gneral consensus before Muschamp was let go was that this was Fowler's final season. ...
Mike McNeely, the Palm Harbor University alum who joined the Gators three years ago as a walk on then went on to earn a scholarship this past August, has been chosen to receive the National Football Foundation's Legacy Award.
McNeely, of Clearwater, will be recognized during the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, which will take place Dec. 9 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
"Millions of kids play high school football," NFF Chairman Archie Manning said. "Mike McNeely represents the power of football in creating pathways for them to follow their dreams of making it to the next level while getting a first-class education. Mike is somebody who has taken full advantage of every opportunity that has been given to him, and we hope that his accomplishments will inspire the next generation."...