University of Florida

Former Deerfield Beach tailback Brandon Powell will offer Florida Gators speedy ‘change-up’

Brandon Powell is nowhere to be found on Florida’s depth chart.

The former Deerfield Beach standout is behind fellow tailbacks Kelvin Taylor, Matt Jones and Mack Brown, but coach Will Muschamp said speedster will absolutely help the Gators this fall.

“Powell is a different back than all those guys because of what he can present in the passing game,” Muschamp said.

“He’s very good in protection. He gives us certainly a different change-up for what the other guys do very well. The other guys are good players. He’s just a different talent, skill set, as opposed to what those other guys bring us.”

Powell turned heads during training camp, as Jones called the freshman “our next rising star.”


Junior signal caller Jeff Driskel is listed as Florida’s first-team holder over two-year starter Kyle Crofoot.

“I’d like to classify myself as a versatile player,” Driskel said, jokingly.

“I think it’s an opportunity to give the field goal block team some issues. You have to give them more things to think about during the week. I’ll do whatever I’m asked to do.”

Driskel has never handled the duties before but said the job is rather straightforward.

“Kyle Crofoot, our [other] holder, doesn’t like to think it’s that easy,” he said. “But that’s basically what it is. Catch the ball and put it on the ground.”