Jeff Driskel will start vs. Florida State, Will Muschamp says

Al Messerschmidt

Jeff Driskel practiced Tuesday, and is slated to start this weekend.

Florida head coach Will Muschamp has announced that Jeff Driskel will start at quarterback for the Gators against the Florida State Seminoles, according to the Associated Press' Mark Long. Earlier in the week, Muschamp told reporters that Driskel would definitely play, but it was not clear in what capacity.

The sophomore quarterback has been dealing with a sprained ankle that he suffered against Louisiana. Driskel sat out last week against Jacksonville State, and Jacoby Brissett filled in.

Florida's offense has struggled recently, regardless of who's been under center. The Gators have averaged just 18.3 points in their last four games, which looks like a number that might decrease against Florida State, which has one of the toughest defenses in the country, allowing just 13.1 points per game.

But Driskel's overall numbers are solid: In ten games this season, he has completed 64.6 percent of his passes, totaling 10 touchdowns against just three interceptions, and averages more than nine yards per carry ... when he's not being sacked.

And about that "being sacked" part: Center Jonotthan Harrison told reporters on Tuesday that Florida's offensive line is its healthiest since the Gators played LSU. That's almost better news than Driskel's recovery.

This story originally appeared at SB Nation and has been edited.

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