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Key starters return for Florida Gators


Miami Herald Writer

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel returned to practice Thursday night, the team announced via Twitter. The junior starter missed the first six days of training camp recovering from an emergency appendectomy on July 30.

Suspended starting linebacker Antonio Morrison is supposedly practicing again as well, although school officials will not comment on his reinstatement. Earlier in the day, teammate Michael Taylor said Morrison was “back now.”

“It was kind of weird,” Taylor, a redshirt junior linebacker, said. “He was in the meeting room with us today. It was good to see him.”


Florida’s pedestrian passing attack has been well documented this offseason, but offensive coordinator Brent Pease said Driskel is perfectly capable of consistent 300-yard games.

“He has the ability to do it,” Pease said. “He has the ability to do it in this system, to do it off his skills.”

In 2012, the Gators ranked No. 118 nationally in passing offense (146.3 yards per game) and struggled with a lack of explosive plays for the third consecutive season. Florida has had just one 300-yard passing game since Tim Tebow graduated in 2009: John Brantley’s 329 yards versus Furman in a wild 52-34 win.


UF’s revamped defensive line has wrecked havoc early in training camp, led by tackle Dominique Easley and pass-rushers Ronald Powell and Dante Fowler Jr.

“They’ve got a lot of freaks,” receiver Trey Burton said. “Every position has good players, but the amount they have there is incredible.”

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