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

Jeff Driskel receives effusive praise from new Florida OC Kurt Roper

The 2013 season for the Florida Gators was one best characterized by saying, anything that could go wrong, went wrong. A number of starters were lost to season-ending injuries and inconsistencies across board resulted in the Gators missing a bowl game and finishing with a 4-8 record.

In comes new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper to resurrect a normally potent Gator offense after it finished 114th in scoring offense a season ago. He will have some help as quarterback Jeff Driskel returns from injury and the early impressions are sure to invigorate the Florida fan base.

“He’s really talented,” Roper tells Robbie Andreu of  … “That’s a big, powerful, fast-twitch, natural throwing motion. He’s talented, folks. I mean we’re sitting here talking about a guy that’s really, really gifted. And his experience shows whenever we have conversations. He understands football. It’s not his first rodeo. … “I mean when we start talking coverages or fronts and how pressures are mirroring each other, he understands. So his eyes end up in the right places a lot right now.”

Driskel was limited to three starts a season ago after he was injured early in the Gators win against the Tennessee Volunteers and from there the train fell off the tracks as they went 2-7 without him.

If the team is to get back to the top of the SEC east standings it all starts with Driskel who needs to realize his immense potential that made him a top recruit and digest Roper’s offense and build on his budding success he had in 2012.

The Gators can be one of the biggest turnarounds this season and it’s all because of Driskel with an assists from Roper.



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