University of Florida

September 24, 2013

Gators’ Jeff Driskel out for the season

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel will have season-ending surgery Wednesday on his broken right fibula.

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel will have season-ending surgery Wednesday on his broken right fibula.

The junior sustained the gruesome injury in the first quarter of No. 20 Florida’s 31-17 win over Tennessee on Saturday.

“That’s part of the game, but it’s very difficult to deal with,” coach Will Muschamp said. “It really hurt for him, his family and us as a football team.”

Muschamp said doctors would insert a metal plate in Driskel’s leg. The recovery process is roughly four to six months.

Redshirt junior Tyler Murphy filled in admirably (218 total yards, two touchdowns) and will make his first career start on the road at Kentucky .

Murphy said it was difficult to see Driskel go down and added that UF’s injured starter told him: “It’s your time, now.”

Muschamp updated the statuses of the rest of Florida’s hobbled starters. Cornerback Marcus Roberson (knee) and right tackle Tyler Moore (ankle) both missed Saturday’s victory but are expected to play against the Wildcats.

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