Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel suffered a right ankle sprain in the third quarter against Louisiana Lafayette, yet the severity of the injury is unknown, as Palm Beach Post’s Jason Lieser reports:
After the game, coach Will Muschamp indicated that Driskel's injury could be a high sprain, as OnlyGators reported:
A high ankle sprain would be a worst-case sprain for Driskel.
Luckily, Florida has an easy home matchup against Jacksonville St. next Saturday in the Swamp. After this Saturday, though, we all know these games don't come easy to the Gators.
Driskel was 13-of-16 for 98 yards and a touchdown with 76 rushing yards when he was taken to the locker room. He finished as the Gators’ leading rusher on the day.
Sophomore Jacoby Brissett replaced Driskel, rallying the Gators back from a 17-13 deficit to outlast Louisiana-Lafayette.
With the Gators behind 20-13 and 50 yards from the end zone, the backup took the team down the field to tie the game, putting an exclamation point on the drive with a three-yard touchdown toss to Quinton Dunbar.
The Gators were able to weather the storm without Driskel but are better served going into battle with him. His absence will hinder the Gators ability to make plays in the passing game going forward.Florida’s special teams did the rest, blocking a punt and returning it for a score with three seconds left to win 27-20.
While Brisset posses a powerful arm, he does not have the accuracy and running ability of Driskel to make plays outside the pocket.
Florida may have been able to escape the Swamp with a victory, but their quarterback’s status turns every game into a potential upset from here on out.
Mike Shiekman is a Featured Columnist for the Bleacher Report. Click Here to read more of his work.