A new rivalry for Driskel

Jeff Driskel doesn't have much knowledge of the Florida-Miami rivalry. The Florida quarterback was a sophomore in high school the last time the two teams played. The last time they played in Miami, Driskel was in elementary school. The unique set up of the rivalry keeps players on both sides from watching it while growing up, but that adds a different feeling for Driskel heading into Saturday.

"I saw Ahmad Black tweet the other day one of the scores to a game that we won. That's about all I know of the history of Florida-Miami," Jeff Driskel said with a laugh on Monday morning.

Most of the players on the team know players on the other side. Whether Florida players were on the same team or faced current Hurricanes in high school, there's plenty of familiarity. The Gators recruit South Florida, and the Hurricanes recruit the northern part of the state.

Recruits face each other in All-American games, which explains why Miami defensive end Anthony Chickillo is the only player on the Hurricanes that Driskel knows. The two met while playing in the Under Armour All-American game.

Even if cornerback Jeremy Brown is the only Florida player that was on the roster when the teams played in 2008, there's still plenty of familiarity on both sides.

"It's an in-state game," Driskel said. "We don't play them too often. We do have a lot of guys that know each other, so there will be some emotions. We've got to handle that. Coach Muschamp mentioned that earlier. We have to be able to handle ourselves, and I think we will."

Driskel said there's a different feel to this week than there is before facing Florida State or Georgia. Those two sides know each other from their high school days, but also from playing each other every year. That produces some hatred on both sides, either because of the games against each other or from hearing about the rivalry from fans.

The Miami rivalry is different.

"The emotions are going to be high," Driskel said. "There's going to be guys that know each other, and you always want to play well in front of your family and friends. About half our team's from South Florida, so they'll be ready to go."

Driskel knows he has plenty left to work on before he takes the field on Saturday. He fumbled twice against Toledo, both coming on blitzes when the Rockets got to him. That was also an issue at times during the 2012 season. He wants to get the ball out faster to avoid that happening.

However, since it is on film, he thinks he knows what Miami will do against him -- bringing heavy blitzes and trying to force him into mistakes.

"I do have to make a point to hang on to that ball because two times they were in there and two times I fumbled," Driskel said. "Miami's definitely going to be going after that in this game. I put it on film that I put the ball on the ground, so I'll work on that this week and clean it up."

Toledo played loose coverage throughout Saturday's game, keeping Florida from taking shots down the field in the passing game. Driskel said Miami routinely plays tighter coverage than that, and he's expecting to see press coverage from the Hurricanes.

The loose coverage he saw from the Rockets helped the Gators with their game plan. They were able to run and control the game clock, keeping the Florida defense from being worn out by Toledo's offensive pace.

"We pretty much wanted to run the ball and that's what we did," Driskel said. "That really doesn't change week to week. We've always gotta run the ball. We did some things with some zone-read stuff. We did some nakeds, some drop-backs, some empty, so I didn't think it was too basic.

"We just didn't have too many vertical plays because the defense was so loose. I don't think it was too basic at all."

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