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Gators QB Jeff Driskel back on field

 
 
Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel attempts a pass during the team's game against the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville on Oct. 6, 2012.
Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel attempts a pass during the team's game against the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville on Oct. 6, 2012.
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Miami Herald Writer

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel said he had “no limitations” during Thursday’s practice, as UF’s incumbent starter returned to the field for the first time since undergoing an emergency appendectomy on July 30.

The junior said Friday that “He is up to speed,” and ready to show off Florida’s improved attack.

“Great to have Jeff back at practice,” coach Will Muschamp said. “He had great command and threw the ball extremely well. … I thought he looked sharp.”

Driskel was officially cleared Thursday morning and has no more doctor visits scheduled.

He noted UF’s team doctor gave him one piece of exiting advice: “Don’t be dumb about it. Don’t push through pain.”

Driskel missed six days of training camp and did not participate in any weightlifting sessions.

He said he tried to stay in shape with some walking and light running.

Because of NCAA acclimation rules, Driskel won’t practice in full pads for another four days.

“You have to go two days in helmets, two days in shells and then full pads,” Muschamp explained.

LIMPING THROUGH

Muschamp updated UF’s lengthy injury list Friday, officially confirming linebacker Matt Rolin tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

The freshman re-tore the same ACL he had surgery on last November.

Defensive tackle Damien Jacobs (sprained knee) and cornerback Jaylen Watkins (foot) will both be sidelined until Aug. 19.

Freshman offensive tackle Roderick Johnson had knee surgery (meniscus) Friday and will miss 3-4 weeks.

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