Florida Gators: Jacob Guy

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The two-week time frame that Florida coach Will Muschamp said quarterback Jeff Driskel could be out after undergoing an appendectomy might seem ambitious, but football players have returned from the surgery in that period before.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger underwent an appendectomy just before the 2006 season began and missed only one game. He had surgery on Sept. 3, four days before the Steelers' season opener on a Thursday night, and played in the second game of the season on Sept. 18. Former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel played 11 days after having his appendix removed in 2010.

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Stephen M. Dowell/Getty ImagesJeff Driskel's appendectomy isn't the end of the world for the Gators, though he'll likely miss two weeks of practice time.
Driskel's situation is different because he'll only be missing the first two weeks of preseason practices instead of games, so there's no need for him to rush back to the field. He is already entrenched as the starter and is in his second season under offensive coordinator Brent Pease, so he's completely familiar with the offense.

Muschamp said the 6-foot-4, 237-pound Driskel has improved his footwork, comfort in the pocket, and ability to recognize the need to change pass protection schemes. Those were the three areas in which Driskel needed the most improvement after his first season as the Gators' starter. He's been able to get better in those areas because he has essentially gotten twice the practice time and reps because he is no longer splitting reps while competing with Jacoby Brissett for the starting job.

However, missing two weeks will set him and the offense back a bit. The issue will be the chemistry he needs to develop with the receivers, especially four of the five incoming freshmen. Demarcus Robinson enrolled in January and participated in spring practice. The Gators' passing offense ranked 114th nationally last season, and getting better receiver play is the biggest key to the unit's improvement in 2013.

Redshirt junior Tyler Murphy and redshirt freshman Skyler Mornhinweg will likely split the first-team reps. Driskel's surgery highlights just how important it is for him to stay healthy this season. Murphy and Mornhinweg struggled during spring practice and neither is really an adequate option to replace Driskel should he be out for any significant length of time during the season.

The Gators do have four other quarterbacks on the roster: walk-ons Ryan McGriff, Jacob Guy and Chris Wilkes and incoming freshman Max Staver. UF is planning on redshirting Staver. Wilkes is intriguing because he's a 23-year-old former professional baseball player who chose to sign with the San Diego Padres after signing with Ole Miss in 2008. He enrolled in May and has little experience in the offense, but he at least has appeared in pressure-packed environments.

If Driskel is able to return after two weeks, which would roughly be Aug. 14, he would still have 18 days to prepare for Florida's season opener against Toledo on Aug. 31.
GAINSVILLE, Fla. -- Florida coach Will Muschamp said Saturday that he has nothing further to add his previous denial of allegations that he gave money to a player while he was the defensive coordinator at Auburn.

In a story that alleges a culture of rule breaking, drug use, and other issues at Auburn that was posted on the web site Roopstigo.com, former Tigers safety Mike McNeil said Muschamp gave him $400 after he had a bad practice in 2007. Muschamp denied the charges in the story written by former Sports Illustrated and New York Times writer Selena Roberts.

He was more emphatic about his denial when he made his first public appearance since the story broke last Wednesday.

"I’ve already responded to that and really there’s nothing to dignify any other response other than exactly what you read," Muschamp said. "Exactly what you read."

Muschamp was not quoted in the story. He denied the allegations through a school spokesman.

UF picks up a QB

The Gators added some help at quarterback on Saturday when former professional baseball player Chris Wilkes told Muschamp that he would be attending UF.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Wilkes said via text message that he plans on enrolling in May. He will not be on scholarship.

The 23-year-old Wilkes signed with Ole Miss in 2008 out of Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips, but instead chose to sign a contract with the San Diego Padres. Wilkes, who was a 22nd-round draft pick, never advanced past the Double-A level. He went 16-13 with a 3.57 ERA in five seasons as a right-handed pitcher.

The Gators will have six quarterbacks on the roster in the fall. Jeff Driskel, Tyler Murphy, Skyler Mornhinweg and Max Staver will be on scholarship. Wilkes and Jacob Guy will be walk-ons. Wilkes is expected to compete with Murphy and Mornhinweg to back up Driskel. Staver is likely headed for a redshirt.

Q&A: Florida walk-on QB Jacob Guy 

June, 1, 2012
DADE CITY, Fla. -- Through the next few weeks GatorNation will have a series of Q&As with Florida's incoming freshmen. Next up is Dade City (Fla.) Pasco walk-on quarterback Jacob Guy who will enroll in June at Florida for Summer B.

Jacob Guy
Derek Tyson/ESPN.comQuarterback Jacob Guy is set to walk on at Florida this summer.
GN: What number will you wear next season?

Guy: I haven't talked to Coach about it, but I'd like to wear No. 15. I wore it my last two years of high school. One, because of my brother, but two, because of Tim Tebow. He's the perfect player to be just like, so if I'm lucky enough to be able to wear his number at Florida it would be very special.

QB Jacob Guy weighing options 

January, 27, 2012
Pasco (Dade City, Fla.) quarterback Jacob Guy could leave the state and take a scholarship or stay in Florida and take his chances.

It's a tough decision to make and the 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior might wait until after signing day to figure it out.

"I have no real timetable right now," Guy said. "I might wait until after signing day and see what shakes down."

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Where UF recruiting stands on offense 

January, 24, 2012
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Davide De Pas2012 running back prospect Matt Jones committed to Florida on Feb. 15, 2011.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The countdown is on until national signing day. With just over a week left until the big day, Florida's recruiting board is taking its final shape. Here is a position-by-position look at where the Gators currently stand:

Commits: none
Prospects: Skyler Mornhinweg, Paxton Lynch and Jacob Guy

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