GAINESVILLE -- Sophomore Jeff Driskel won the starting quarterback job at Florida for a variety of reasons, however none is bigger than his ability to create plays with his feet.
Coach Will Muschamp said adding a running quarterback to the mix creates another wrinkle on offense for the opposing defense to prepare for.
“A one-back set is a two-back set now. A two-back set is a three-back set,” he said. “You create a lot of issues for a defense when a guy has legs at the quarterback position and all of the zone-read opportunities and the different things that you’re doing in the misdirection off the run game, which is very difficult.”
It’s worked well so far, as Driskel has 25 rushing attempts for 113 yards this season, although those numbers are skewed by nine sacks for minus-55 yards. Gillislee leads the SEC in rushing with 346 yards, and Patton has a 10.1 yard average on seven attempts.
• With two touchdowns of more than 50 yards this season, Hallandale High alum Frankie Hammond has quickly developed into a big-play receiver for the Gators. On Saturday, Hammond took a short route 75 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
“He had open space, took advantage and got the ball vertical,” he said. “Now you’ve seen him do it twice. Once you develop that motor habit, you get good at it.”