Posted: 5:22 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013
By Jason Lieser
UPDATE: Florida Gators coach Will Muschamp confirmed that quarterback Jeff Driskel, who left the Gators’ 31-17 win over Tennessee in the first quarter, will need surgery and will not play the rest of this season.
Driskel, who hurt his right fibula, according to Muschamp, is eligible for a medical redshirt because he didn’t play more than four games and didn’t play past the Gators’ sixth game this season.
Tyler Murphy, who had never attempted a pass in a college game before Saturday, was 8-of-13 for 144 yards and a touchdown against Tennessee. He also ran 10 times for 84 yards and another score.
Murphy, a redshirt junior, will take over as the starting quarterback, beginning with next week’s game against Kentucky.
Gators QB Jeff Driskel went down with an apparent leg injury early in today’s game against Tennessee and is done for the day.
Driskel suffered the injury with 9:23 remaining in the first quarter. The pocket was collapsing around him and he threw an interception to Tennessee DB Devaun Swafford, who returned it 72 yards for a touchdown.
UF coach Will Muschamp confirmed at halftime that Driskel would not return.
No. 19 Florida replaced Driskel with red-shirt junior Tyler Murphy, who had never attempted a pass in a college game. Murphy went 5 for 7 for 71 yards in the first half and hit WR Solomon Patton on a screen pass that went for a 52-yard touchdown.
Florida led 17-7 at halftime, thanks largely to its defense. The Gators held Tennessee to 31 total yards and forced four turnovers.
The Gators were down 7-0 at the time of Driskel’s exit. He was 3 of 6 for 33 yards with an interception.
Driskel came into the game with a sprained left knee. He appeared to injure his right leg on the interception against Tennessee and left the playing field on crutches.