The 2013 season was a disaster for the Florida Gators as the team endured a number of injuries to key contributors and saw a host of others put forth inconsistent and disappointing performances.
Starting quarterback Jeff Driskel fell into both of those categories as he was a turnover machine prior to suffering a broken leg that ended his season in the team’s win against the Tennessee Volunteers, but he’s focused on winning over the fans at Saturday’s spring game.
“I want to show them that I’m confident,” the junior quarterback said on Wednesday, “that I didn’t let the Miami game or the injury take away from my confidence.”
Driskel’s struggles weren’t just limited to the 21-16 loss to Miami as he had 13 turnovers in his previous eight games dating back to last season, and the fans let him know that that type of performance was unacceptable.
“I caught a lot of criticism, which was deserved,” he said. “But I do think that over the course of the year, I would have been able to redeem myself. But if you make costly mistakes like that, what do you expect?”
If Driskel is to redeem himself this season, he will do so in an offense tailored to his strengths under new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper who will run a spread-option attack that Driskel ran in high school when he was a highly-coveted recruit.
Physically the quarterback is 100 percent healthy, but perhaps even more important is that Driskel is 100 percent confident in his ability and that should result in the Gators having one of the biggest turnarounds in college football this season and back to their high scoring ways.