University of Florida

Jeff Driskel remains Florida Gators’ starter for now

Jeff Driskel remains Florida’s starting quarterback, but the calls for a change continue to gain momentum.

Driskel — the nation’s top-ranked high school quarterback in the Class of 2011 — wilted at No. 2 Alabama on Saturday, delivering the worst performance of his enigmatic career (9 of 28 for 93 yards, three turnovers with one touchdown pass and one scoring rush) in a game the Gators desperately needed their veteran quarterback to play well.

After Florida’s 42-21 loss, coach Will Muschamp admitted he considered inserting Harris, a two-time state champion at Booker T. Washington, into the game but ultimately decided against it.

“Jeff gives us the best opportunity right now. For us to win a football game like that, Jeff Driskel needs to play,” Muschamp said. “Moving forward, we have to play better at that position and a lot of other positions. We’ll evaluate everything.”

Florida is idle this week before traveling to Tennessee on Oct. 4., so UF’s staff may utilize the additional practice periods to implement Harris’ special package they teased during training camp.

▪ The Gators will travel to Knoxville and face the Volunteers at noon, the SEC announced Monday. Florida has won nine in a row against Tennessee. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.