Notebook: Driskel has options before snap

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel showed his command over the offense during Saturday's scrimmage. The redshirt junior is learning his third different offense in four years at Florida, but he's already showing the knowledge to check out of bad plays and into ones that are a better fit against the look he sees on the other side of the ball. The hope is that he can continue building on his knowledge.

There were multiple times on Saturday where the Florida offense went to the line of scrimmage set to snap it and go through a run play. However, Jeff Driskel looked across the line of scrimmage and saw a defense set perfectly to stop the play called since they loaded the box.

The new offense gives Driskel the opportunity to switch the play, usually to something in Florida's quick passing game. Whether it's a slant, bubble screen or quick out, the offense has the versatility to get into a better play with a few simple adjustments.

"Jeff has done a really good job because that takes quick hands to get the ball from a play action situation up and out," Will Muschamp said. "I think he's doing extremely well."

He threw an interception in Saturday's scrimmage, but it bounced off the receiver's hands on a dig route and fell perfectly into the arms of freshman cornerback Jalen Tabor. That was one of three drops the Florida receivers had on balls that Driskel threw.

The coaches continue to be happy with how the ball is coming out of his hand as he recovers from a broken leg suffered last season against Tennessee.

"I think he's throwing the ball extremely well," Muschamp said. "I think he's throwing the ball and is very accurate."

Driskel's legs will also play an important role in the offense. He's wearing a red non-contact jersey this spring, but it's still obvious that he will be a factor when running the ball in the fall.

"We create a lot of run-pass issues, run-pass conflicts for a defense with what we're doing in the run game," Muschamp said of his quarterback.

NEAL HEALTHY, IMPROVING: Keanu Neal battled hamstring issues during the offseason and pulled it again during the first practice of the spring. He recently returned to practice, but the damage was done after he missed a majority of the spring.

Since getting back on the field, he continues to show the talent that caught everyone's eye with his special teams play last season.

"He plays very active and is fast," Muschamp said, noting Neal's strong Saturday scrimmage. "He is a physical player, great toughness, a guy who is really having an outstanding offseason program. He was playing at SEC speed. Running to the ball, striking, playing blocks, and playing with the ball the deep part of the field a couple of times. He shows up."

The young secondary struggled on Saturday with keeping its eyes in the right places. That wasn't an issue for Neal. The sophomore was in the right position and made plays to defend the pass and the run.

"It was good to see from that position, a guy playing fast," Muschamp said.

SECOND CORNERBACK: Vernon Hargreaves is locked into starting at one cornerback position, but the second one remains up for grabs. Muschamp confirmed on Monday that freshmen Duke Dawson and Jalen Tabor are "absolutely" in the mix to win the job.

"They are good players," he said. "Eye control is a major issue. When you get into scrimmage situations and the first time you are on your own and Coach Robinson is not standing right behind you telling you what exactly to do, that's what happens. You lose your eyes, you start watching the quarterback, you become a spectator in a lot of situations. The more snaps you take, the game is going to continue to slow down for them.

"Jalen made a really nice play on a double move, knocked the ball away. It was an outstanding player. Duke continues to play well, he is playing nickel and corner. I'm very pleased with those guys."

Tabor has a tall frame

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