GAINESVILLE -- Florida Gators coach Will Muschamp made an unscheduled appearance with the media Wednesday in an effort to clear up confusion surrounding sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel.
Conflicting reports surfaced Tuesday regarding an injury Driskel sustained during practice Sunday. Instead of what was initially reported as a broken shoulder blade, Muschamp said Wednesday that Driskel only bruised a bone in his left, nonthrowing shoulder. Driskel and fellow sophomore Jacoby Brissett are battling for the starting quarterback job.
“He has a contusion of the scapula and we expect for him to be totally fine,” Muschamp said. “The competition is ongoing. It hasn’t affected anything we’re trying to do or how we’re trying to prepare our football team. He will practice today, non-contact. … He’s been cleared for all practice. He will not miss one rep that he would normally take.”
Driskel missed practice Monday after consulting with head trainer Anthony Pass about lingering soreness, although Muschamp said Driskel could not even remember the play in which he was hurt.
Both quarterbacks are now back in noncontact red jerseys for practice after Muschamp had them removed during the weekend, something he said he doesn’t regret.
“No, that’s football,” he said. “Everybody’s sore right now.”
Walk-on Michael McNeely, who Muschamp said was in line to play a large role on special teams, sustained a broken foot in practice and is out for six weeks. … Defensive end Kedric Johnson underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a dislocated right knee. There is no timetable for his return.