Florida coach Jim McElwain confirmed before Saturday’s Birmingham Bowl that Driskel asked for and received his release from his scholarship. On Monday, the program announced that Driskel will play his final year of college football at Louisiana Tech.
“There have been rumors going around that I am going to leave the University of Florida and transfer to Louisiana Tech University for my fifth and final year of eligibility,” Jeff Driskel said in a statement. “This is indeed true, and I look forward to the upcoming chapter of my life,'' Driskel said. "I have nothing but good things to say about the University of Florida and the football program there.
"I am grateful for the opportunities that have been presented to me over the course of the past four years. Although things did not play out on the field as I would have liked, I have no regrets on the choice I made to attend UF. Again, I appreciate everything that my coaches, teammates, strength coaches, athletic trainers, equipment staff, academic staff, fans, and the University of Florida have done for me.”
Driskel finished this season completing 53.8 percent of his passes for 1,140 yards, nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also added 180 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He began the season as the starting quarterback but lost his job when Treon Harris took over against Georgia and started every game through the end of the season.
His career ended on a positive note on Saturday. He took over when Harris went down with an injury, going 8-17 through the air for 48 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions.
McElwain will have decisions to make at the quarterback position before the 2015 season. Harris got the experience this season, but the job will be open heading into spring practice and allow Will Grier to have a chance at winning it.