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Gators QB Jeff Driskel says he’s fully recovered from sprained knee

 
 
Miami defensive back Ladarius Gunter (37) sacks Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) during the second half of an NCAA football game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sept. 7, 2013. Miami won 21-16.
Miami defensive back Ladarius Gunter (37) sacks Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) during the second half of an NCAA football game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sept. 7, 2013. Miami won 21-16.
Alan Diaz / AP

Miami Herald Writer

Quarterback Jeff Driskel was on crutches with a sprained knee during Florida’s idle week, but the junior said the week off allowed him to fully recover.

Driskel will start UF’s conference opener against Tennessee.

“It’s feeling good after a week off,” he said. “Good timing. It feels a lot better now.”

Driskel — who injured his knee on a read-option run during the 21-16 loss to Miami on Sept. 7 — said his sprained knee did not affect his performance (22 of 33 for 291 yards, one touchdown, three turnovers) the rest of the game.

“A lot of adrenalin going during the game,” Driskel said. “I felt it, but not as much as I did after the game. I don’t think it affected me at all.”

HALAPIO RETURNS

All-Southeastern Conference right guard Jon Halapio missed UF’s first two games with a torn pectoral, but the redshirt senior will return this weekend as the starter.

Offensive coordinator Brent Pease said Halapio has looked good in practice.

“He’s got a brace on it,” Pease said. “He’ll be fine. He’s just got to let us know how it feels.”

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