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Gators QB Jeff Driskel talks fumbles

 
 
Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) fumbles the ball as he is hit by Toledo defensive end Jayrone Elliott (15) in the second half of an NCAA college football game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville on Aug. 31, 2013. Florida recovered the fumble. Florida won 24-6.
Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) fumbles the ball as he is hit by Toledo defensive end Jayrone Elliott (15) in the second half of an NCAA college football game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville on Aug. 31, 2013. Florida recovered the fumble. Florida won 24-6.
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Miami Herald Writer

Quarterback Jeff Driskel’s development is a continuous process.

After fumbling twice — via strip-sacks — in the win against Toledo, Driskel admitted he must take better care of the ball.

“There’s going to be some pressures during the season when we play good pass rushers,” he said. “We’re going to miss a block here and there, but I do have to take care of the ball.

Driskel — a junior with 13 career starts — lost the first fumble, while the Gators recovered the second.

Florida’s quarterback struggled with pocket awareness in 2012, something he said he continues to work on.

“I don’t think I was lazy with the ball, but I do got to make a point to hang on to that ball because two times they were in there and two times I fumbled. Miami’s definitely going to be going after that in this game. I put it on film that I put the ball on the ground, so I’ll work on that this week and clean it up.”

INJURY REPORT

Although left tackle D.J. Humphries sprained his MCL in the season opener, he is expected to play against Miami. Sophomore tailback Matt Jones (illness) will make his season debut against UM.

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