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Jeff Driskel injury likely to force Jacoby Brissett to start

Driskel is doubtful for Saturday's game. Enter Jacoby Brissett.


Thanks to an injury to starter Jeff Driskel, Jacoby Brissett will likely start at quarterback for the Florida Gators against Jacksonville State on Saturday, according to Will Muschamp.

Driskel left in the third quarter of Florida's 27-20 win over UL-Lafayette on Saturday after completing 13 of 16 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 76 yards. He was checked over on the sideline but did not re-enter the game.

In relief of Driskel, Brissett showed why he's both the Gators' backup and a capable one. Brissett struggled with the rush, but threw Florida down the field for the tying touchdown, finishing six for eight through the air for 64 yards and a touchdown.

Driskel is probably not so vital to Florida that the Gators, the No. 6 team in the country, will need him to win their third straight game when Florida hosts Jacksonville State at 1 p.m. Saturday. Brissett starting against the only FCS foe Florida meets this year gives him a chance to get playing time and build confidence in and rapport with the Gators' offense, while Driskel sitting out would allow him to heal and spend two weeks preparing for Florida's showdown with Florida State.

This story originally appeared at SB Nation and has been modified from its original version.