Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Muschamp clears up Driskel injury
By Michael DiRocco
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel has a bruised left (non-throwing) scapula but will not miss any practice time, coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday.
Muschamp made an unscheduled visit with the media just to clear up the rumors and inaccurate information surrounding the sophomore from Oviedo (Fla.) Haggerty, who was the nation's top quarterback recruit in 2011. Reports on Twitter on Tuesday were that Driskel had suffered a broken shoulder and would be out indefinitely.
Muschamp offered the following timeline to clear up those reports:
Driskel injured his shoulder during Sunday's practice, which was the first day the quarterbacks were not wearing the red, non-contact jerseys. He iced it Sunday night and Monday, participated in a walk-through and meetings, and ate lunch before going to trainer Anthony Pass because the shoulder was still sore and he thought he should be checked out.
Pass told Muschamp that he believed doctors should check out Driskel's shoulder. Tests revealed the bruised scapula. He's able to practice and throw but isn't allowed to have contact, which isn't much of an issue since the quarterbacks are again wearing the red, non-contact jerseys.
"I don’t know what else to say," Muschamp said. "I don’t know how some of these things get caught like wildfire travel, but that’s it.
"Jeff even looked at me and said, 'C0ach, I even had to go back and look at the film to see where I might have hurt it.'"
Muschamp said Driskel will be re-evaluated on Monday and again on Aug. 27 and the injury hasn't affected the competition between Driskel and Jacoby Brissett to earn the starting job for the Sept. 1 season opener against Bowling Green. Muschamp also said he did not regret allowing the quarterbacks to be full-contact on Sunday and Monday -- the only stipulation was they weren't to be taken to the ground -- because he felt they needed the live experience.
"It was not like it was some big-time blow that occurred or he went down and 14 guys fell on top of him," Muschamp said. "It was nothing like that. He didn’t go to the ground.
"He will not miss one rep that he would normally take."