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State notes: UF’s Driskel expected to start despite sprain


Published:   |   Updated: September 10, 2013 at 07:34 AM

Florida announced that junior QB Jeff Driskel suffered a slight knee sprain in Saturday’s 21-16 loss at Miami, but he is expected to be ready for the Sept. 21 SEC opener against Tennessee in Gainesville.

Some tickets still remain for the game, which is not officially a sellout yet. CBS has picked up the telecast and kickoff has been set for 3:30 p.m. The Vols are big underdogs at Oregon this weekend before traveling to Florida.

Driskel suffered his injury in the second quarter of the Gators’ loss, leaving UF at 1-1. Florida has never won the SEC championship after a 1-2 season start.

Driskel completed 22 of 33 for a career-high 291 yards against the Hurricanes, but Florida had five turnovers. Driskel had two interceptions inside the Miami 20 to kill drives and lost a fumble.

David Jones, Florida Today

 

Bye week helpful for FSU, Wilder

Florida State junior RB James Wilder Jr., who injured his shoulder during the Seminoles’ 41-13 win against Pittsburgh last week, showed no signs of discomfort at practice Monday.

However, the former Plant High star wore a blue pinny over his practice jersey, indicating that he could only handle limited contact, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said his team made the most of the early week off and that the 10th-ranked Seminoles (1-0) are refreshed going into Saturday’s home opener against Nevada (1-1) in Tallahassee.

“As crazy as it sounds ... (the bye week) came nicely, at a very opportune time,” Fisher said.

 

Rattlers-Buckeyes on Big Ten Network

The Florida A&M at Ohio State game on Sept. 21 will kick off at noon.

The game time was announced on Monday by Ohio State and the Big Ten Network, which will carry the telecast.

The fourth-ranked Buckeyes (2-0) play at California (1-1) on Saturday. FAMU is 1-1 after losing to Tennessee State.

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