Driskel doubtful for Saturday

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel came out of Saturday's win over Louisiana with an ankle sprain. He sat on the trainer's table while being evaluated and was taken to the Florida locker room soon after that. Florida coach Will Muschamp said on Monday morning that he doesn't expect Driskel to play this weekend against Jacksonville State. His status is still up in the air.

The Florida coaches and staff will hold Jeff Driskel out of practice until seeing if he can do anything on Wednesday. The trainers want to wait for the swelling to go down some before evaluating the ankle any further.

Driskel is currently wearing a boot to stabilize the ankle, but Muschamp said it was purely precautionary to not risk any further issues and try to speed up the healing process.

"We'll see how the swelling goes on the ankle and see where it goes," Muschamp said. "Some guys recover quicker than others."

If Driskel can't play on Saturday against Jacksonville State, the Gators will turn to backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who led the comeback against Louisiana on Saturday. Brissett went 6-8 for 64 yards and one touchdown, including leading the team down the field to tie the game in the final minutes, capped with his touchdown pass to Quinton Dunbar.

If Brissett gets the nod on Saturday, the offensive game plan will be different from the one Florida has used in recent weeks. The Gators have used Driskel's running ability to help the offense, but Brissett doesn't have the scrambling ability.

"Obviously that'll change a little bit," Mushamp said. "Jeff has a little more penchant for that, but we'll run what we run and who we are. If he can't (play), we'll move forward. Man down, man up. "?

Most of the Florida coaches and players mentioned last week how well Brissett handled the backup role. He was disappointed after losing the battle for the starting job, but the sophomore stayed focused and has pushed Driskel this season. Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease said last week that Brissett is very involved in discussions at halftime about adjustments to the offense.

That preparation helped him step into Saturday's game and lead the team to tie the game. It's the same reason the Florida coaches trust Brissett to handle the starting job on Saturday if needed.

"You never know when your number is going to be called," Muschamp said of Brissett. "There's no question. I think it's a great example for us all. When your number is called, you better hurry up and perform well. We always talk about man down, man up and in that situation, you've got to man up and play. It's different from other positions, the quarterback position and how it affects the entire team. I'm certainly very proud of his effort and what he did when he went in the game."

OTHER INJURIES: Linebacker Neiron Ball (ankle) and wide receiver Andre Debose (knee) are doubtful for Saturday's game. Safety Valdez Showers (shoulder) is expected back at practice on Wednesday.

Offensive tackle Xavier Nixon (knee) and guard James Wilson (knee) are expected to practice on Tuesday. Running back Mack Brown (ankle) is expected to practice on Tuesday. Guard Ian Silberman (shoulder) got hurt against Louisiana, and the Gators will know more about his status on Tuesday.

Safety Pop Saunders suffered a knee injury against the Ragin' Cajuns, and Muschamp will know more about his status throughout the week.

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