After a 2013 season to forget where the Florida Gators recorded a 4-8 season, Coach Will Muschamp knows he’s on the hot seat and in order to maintain his job he needs to give the Gators’ program back on track this season.
Florida is listed +4000 to win the College Football Championship in January, but perhaps that’s thinking way ahead as they need to know first where QB Jeff DriskeL could take them. The Gators are rated +1000 to win the SEC Conference; sixth best behind Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina, LSU and Georgia.
“He’s where he needs to be at this point,” Muschamp said. “Going through 2012 and winning 11 games, taking us to a BCS Bowl. Unfortunately getting hurt after the second ball game last year, he didn’t get a chance to show much he had matured from Year 1 to Year 2.
“Now schematically I think we’re doing things that he’s more comfortable doing — being in the shotgun, doing some of the things that he was recruited to do. I think Kurt Roper did a great job with him in the spring. Really looking for him to have a breakout year this year.”
QB Jeff Driskel played only three games last season before getting injure for the rest of the campaign; his 2013 numbers were 42 completions, 477 yards, 2 TDs and 3 interceptions; nothing impressive despite playing two games and a half. Driskel is listed 66/1 to win the Heisman trophy this season, and his team game total is at 7.5 games.
“I typically don’t let it get to me,” Driskel said during Florida’s appearance at Monday’s SEC media days. “I don’t want to play well because others are down on me or anything like that. I want to play well because that’s why I was recruited, that’s why I’m at the University of Florida is to play football and play at a high level. So I don’t let fans or anything like that get to me. It’s internal. I want to be a good quarterback, and I plan to show everyone that that’s what I am.”
2014 Florida Schedule
- Sat, Aug 30 vs Idaho 7:00 PM ET ESPNU
- Sat, Sept 6 vs E Michigan 4:00 PM ET SEC NETWORK
- Sat, Sept 13 vs Kentucky 7:30 PM ET SEC NETWORK
- Sat, Sept 20 @ Alabama TBD
- Sat, Oct 4 @ Tennessee TBD
- Sat, Oct 11 vs LSU TBD
- Sat, Oct 18 vs Missouri TBD
- Sat, Nov 1 vs Georgia* TBD
- Sat, Nov 8 @ Vanderbilt TBD
- Sat, Nov 15 vs South Carolina TBD
- Sat, Nov 22 vs E Kentucky TBD
- Sat, Nov 29 @ Florida State TBD
On week four Florida will face Alabama in Tuscaloosa, which should be the real break point of the season where we can find out what they are really made off. The Gators defense was 15th best in points against last season, and should be the reason they could stay in the game, but QB Jeff Driskel is the only one who can take this team to the next level.