Florida legend and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith apologized for tweeting that Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel should be benched following a poor performance (9of28, 93 yards and three turnovers) at No.3 Alabama, coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday.
The NFL’s all-time leading rusher wrote on his Twitter account — since deleted — “Put Driskel on the bench please. I have seen enough.”
Smith played at Florida from 1987 to ’89, and reached out to Muschamp, who said Smith apologized to “me, to Jeff Driskel and our football team.”
“He was frustrated,” Muschamp said of Smith. “He wants to win. He wants us to be successful. He’s a great Gator. Everybody’s entitled to their opinion. I appreciate Emmitt calling and saying the things he said, I really do. He’s a class individual.”
Defensive starters Leon Orr (slight meniscus tear) and Michael Taylor (bone bruise, knee swelling) are questionable for Tennessee on Oct.4 after sustaining knee injuries in Saturday’s loss to the Crimson Tide.
Orr, UF’s starting defensive tackle, had his knee scoped Monday.
▪ Florida’s starting offensive line should be at full strength against the Vols, as left tackle D.J. Humphries (ankle), right tackle Chaz Green (ankle) and right guard Trenton Brown (ankle) are all probable.
Humphries was injured early in Florida’s opener, missing the majority of three contests. Green and Brown both went down at Alabama, although Green played most of the game.
▪ Freshman tailback Brandon Powell tweaked his hamstring in practice and is day-to-day. Muschamp said the staff is looking for additional ways to get Powell involved in the offense, including experimenting with the Deerfield Beach standout at slot receiver.