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Florida QB Driskel doubtful to play Saturday

Associated Press Modified: November 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm •  Published: November 12, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacoby Brissett took the first snap of Florida's season, then headed to the bench.

He's pretty much been there ever since.

But with Jeff Driskel doubtful for Saturday's game against lower-division Jacksonville State, Brissett likely will get another chance under center for the seventh-ranked Gators (9-1).

"There's no question, I think it's a great example for us all," coach Will Muschamp said Monday. "When your number is called, you better hurry up and perform and perform well. We always talk about man down, man up, and in that situation, you've got to man up and play.

"It's different from other positions, the quarterback position, and how it affects the entire team."

Driskel sprained his right ankle in the third quarter of Saturday's 27-20 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday. Driskel injured his ankle while being tackled on a zone-read run. He got re-taped on the sideline, but couldn't return.

Brissett came off the bench and completed 6 of 8 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked twice and nearly threw an interception on his first four passing plays. But the sophomore rebounded, finding Jordan Reed down the middle for a 39-yard gain and then hooking up with Quinton Dunbar for a 3-yard score to tie the game with 1:42 remaining.

Florida returned a blocked punt for a score with 2 seconds remaining to stave off overtime and potentially the program's biggest upset.

Much of the talk Monday, though, surrounded the QBs.

Driskel is still wearing a protective walking boot and probable won't practice this week.

Brissett, meanwhile, has been waiting for a shot since losing the battle for the starting job in the opener.

Brissett started two games last season and seemed to be the favorite to win the job this season. But the coaching staff picked Driskel because of his ability to make plays with his legs behind a shaky offensive line.

Muschamp said Brissett handled the decision admirably, continuing to work like a starter in practice. So his relief performance Saturday went about like what the coaches expected.

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