Jeff Driskel has started at quarterback for the Gators since midway through the 2011 season. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BY DAVID JONES Florida Today
Published: July 30, 2013   |
Updated: July 30, 2013 at 06:00 PM
GAINESVILLE - When back quarterback Jacoby Brissett transferred to N.C. State after last season, this was the situation the Florida Gators feared could come to light during the season - but not two days before the start of fall camp.
Florida announced Tuesday that quarterback Jeff Driskel underwent appendectomy surgery and could miss the first couple of weeks of preseason practice. The Gators open the season on Aug. 31 against Toledo and now, with a looming question about who the backup to Driskel would be, they get to answer the question a little sooner than planned.
Gators coach Will Muschamp said Driskel had "acute appendicitis'' and "fortunately the medical staff caught it very quickly.''
Muschamp said the surgery went well and the key will be how Driskel's body responds, but is forecasting his absence to be as long as two weeks.
The junior threw for 1,646 yards and 12 TDs last season after winning the job in a battle with Brissett, who later decided to move on rather than stay in the backup role.
His departure left UF with no real experience behind Driskel. Junior Tyler Murphy has three career appearances and no attempts. Skyler Mornhinweg redshirted as a true freshman in 2012.