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Gators QB Jacoby Brissett likely to start against Jacksonville State

 

Miami Herald Writer

Sophomore quarterback Jacoby Brissett prepared like his day would come, and with starter Jeff Driskel doubtful for Saturday’s game with an ankle injury, that day is now here.

Brissett replaced Driskel in the third quarter Saturday against Louisiana, finished 6 of 8 for 64 yards and led UF on a scoring drive to tie the score at 20 late in the fourth quarter.

Driskel is wearing a walking boot to help stabilize the injured area and will not participate in practice until Wednesday at the earliest, but based on what coach Will Muschamp said Monday, it appears unlikely Driskel will play Saturday against Jacksonville State.

“We’ll try to get [Driskel] on the field Wednesday,” Muschamp said. “If he can’t go by then ... we have all the confidence in the world Jacoby will play well.”

Muschamp would not categorize the injury as a high-ankle sprain, which could put Driskel’s availability in question for more than just one week, but he did say Driskel’s ankle is bruised and swollen.

“We’ll see how the swelling goes on the ankle and see where it goes. Some guys recover quicker than others,” Muschamp said. “We’ll see Wednesday what he can do or if he can do anything. If not, then we’ll go forward and be fine. Jacoby will play well.”

• Wide receiver Andre Debose (knee) and linebacker Neiron Ball (ankle) are also doubtful for Saturday, Muschamp said. , while left guard James Wilson (knee), left tackle Xavier Nixon (knee) and running back Mack Brown (ankle) are scheduled to return to practice Tuesday. Safety Valdez Showers (shoulder) and left guard Ian Silberman (shoulder) will be reevaluated on Wednesday.

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