Sep 21, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) works out prior to the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Will Muschamp: Jeff Driskel distancing himself in Florida Gators' QB race


After helping the Florida Gators to a 11-2 record in 2012, Jeff Driskel had his season cut short in 2013 when he broke his leg in a 31-17 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers.

With Driskel back at practice, Florida head coach Will Muschamp believes he is distancing himself from his competition.

“Those guys will continue to split reps and Jeff has certainly distanced himself at this point,” Muschamp told Edgar Thompson of The Orlando Sentinel Tuesday. “But those guys have done some nice things at times. Jeff’s been through change before, so I think the more times you go through that stuff you kind of can handle it and move forward, the maturity takes over.”

Muschamp also believes the addition of offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, who was with the Duke Blue Devils, has helped Driskel.

“I think it fits his skillset better, and I’ve been very pleased with his maturity and handling it,” Muschamp said. “He’s running well, he’s moving it around well. The ankle is not bothering him as far as those things are concerned. I think continuing just to work on the fundamentals because he really didn’t throw much to my knowledge until we started practice.”

Driskel completed 42 of 61 passes for 477 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions before his injury last season.

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