GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- New Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer recruited Florida freshman quarterback Jeff Driskel from Hagerty HS in Oviedo (Fla.) to be his next spread-option quarterback at Florida. Meyer suddenly retired as head coach of Florida, but Driskel still signed with the Gators.
With Meyer returning to coach Ohio State and Driskel losing his backup spot to another true freshman Jacoby Brissett midway through the season, questions about his future in Gainesville started to pop up.
Driskel's father Jerry Driskel and high school coach Nate Gierke believe Driskel will stay put.
“Jeff wants to be the quarterback at Florida,” Jerry said in a text message. “That has never changed.”
His coach echoed that statement.
“In regards to Jeff, his focus is on using the bowl game practices to improve and working as hard as he can in the off-season and in Spring practice to win the quarterback job,” Gierke said in an email. “He has no plans to transfer.”
Driskel played sparingly through the first four games of the year but saw significant action in the Alabama game when starter John Brantley went down with an ankle injury in the first half.
Driskel himself suffered an ankle injury in the game and gave way to another true freshman Jacoby Brissett as the starter for the LSU and Auburn games. Driskel has not played since the second half of the Auburn game, while Brissett has seen action in every game since the LSU game.
Driskel finished the regular season 16-of-34 passing for 148 yards and two interceptions.