GAINESVILLE -- For the second time in as many weeks, the nation’s No. 2 defense is preparing for a two-quarterback system.
No. 20 Florida will play Kentucky on Saturday and will face both Wildcats signal callers: sophomores Maxwell Smith and Jalen Whitlow.
Smith is a more traditional drop-back passer, leading the Wildcats in yards (544) and touchdowns (four) with zero interceptions.
Whitlow, a duel-threat quarterback, has attempted 44 passes this season but is second on the team in rushing yards (160).
“They play both of them in all the games,” Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin said. “Both guys have maybe a different skill-set but a strong skill-set.”
Quarterback Jeff Driskel underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair multiple injuries to his right leg. The junior, who is expected to apply for a medical redshirt, had a plate and multiple screws inserted to fix his fractured fibula. Doctors also mended Driskel’s medial ligaments, placing a pair of screws across his ankle joint.