QB Driskel making progress for No. 14 Florida

Associated Press Modified: September 19, 2012 at 5:31 am •  Published: September 19, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Quarterback Jeff Driskel wasn't even sure he would play in Florida's season opener.

Three weeks later, he has locked down the starting job, been named the Southeastern Conference's offensive player of the week and drawn comparisons to Tim Tebow.

Driskel made significant strides while winning both starts — at Texas A&M and at Tennessee — and showed why the 14th-ranked Gators (3-0, 2-0 SEC) picked him over Jacoby Brissett following the season opener.

He has completed 71 percent of his passes for 495 yards, with three touchdowns and no turnovers. Heading into Saturday's game against Kentucky (1-2), he also has 113 yards rushing, creating as many big plays with his feet as his right arm.