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Gators QB Driskel 'doubtful' with ankle injury; Brissett ready

Florida Today
Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 12:54 AM
GAINESVILLE -

Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel is doubtful for Saturday's home finale against Jacksonville State and Jacoby Brissett would start in his place, coach Will Muschamp said Monday.

"We have all the confidence in the world Jacoby will play well,'' Muschamp said of the sophomore who made several clutch throws in Saturday's 27-20 win against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Linebacker Neiron Ball and receiver Andre Debose are also likely out with ankle and knee injuries, respectively, while offensive lineman Ian Silberman is questionable with a shoulder problem.

The offense would change a little bit with Driskel out.

"Jeff has a little more penchant for (running plays),'' Muschamp said. "But we'll run what we run and be who we are. Again, right now, they just think he'd be doubtful for the game. We're going to continue to work through the week and see if he can do anything. If he can, great. If he can't, we'll move forward. Man down, man up.''

Driskel's ankle has "got some swelling on it,'' Muschamp said.

"We're going to find out what he can do. He's in a walking boot right now; that's a precaution. …We'll see how the swelling goes on the ankle and see where it goes,'' Muschamp said. "Some guys recover quicker than others. …We'll see Wednesday what he can do or if he can do anything. If not, then we'll go forward and be fine. Jacoby will play well.''

Florida plays Florida State on Nov. 24 at 3:30 p.m., so the situation has time to clear up. Regardless, Driskel's injury is a lesson for other players, Muschamp said.

"When your number is called, you better hurry up and perform and perform well," he said. "It's different from other positions, the quarterback position and how it affects the entire team. I'm certainly very proud of his effort and what he did when he went in the game.''

Senior receiver Frankie Hammond: "Driskel is more of a mobile guy. He can get out of the pocket a little faster. But I don't think that will close anything as far as our offense is concerned. Jacoby does just as a good a job as Driskel does."

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