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Will the Gators Be Better Without Driskel?



We spent a small amount of time yesterday quietly celebrating the injury to Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel; celebrating because the small flame of hope had found some kindling, and quietly because it’s a douche move to be happy with an injury.  And we’re not happy, per se, just hopeful.

Until Sporting News had to go and ruin it for us.  Frighteningly, Matt Hayes thinks the Gators might actually improve without their starting quarterback, because the backup, Tyler Murphy (no relation to Erik Murphy, we hope), gives them a level of dynamism that they haven’t seen since Tim Tebow.  That might be a little bit hyperbolic (is it possible to have a little hyperbole?), but the point is that the backup might be an upgrade.

Which sucks nards.

But it’s something Stoops will have to prepare for this coming Saturday.

Until [Murphy gets hurt], Florida has a real threat in the zone read run game and scrambling, and a quarterback who can throw with accuracy on the run. Until then, Florida has a quarterback who gives the offense energy and the one thing defenses can’t defend: the unknown.

When defenses have to account for the quarterback, games change drastically. Just like the Tennessee game changed when Murphy threw for 134 yards and touchdown, and ran for 84 yards and another score.

The defensive secondary and linebackers will now have to account for good passing, as well as a dangerous run game from the QB.  We’ll see how that affects the +13 line, if at all, this week.  Until then, let’s hope our three quarterbacks can beat their one.

That’s how math works, right?

Article written by Corey Nichols

13 Comments for Will the Gators Be Better Without Driskel?

  1. Costa Rica
    7:14 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    Did you actually say you were celebrating an injury to a player? “We spent a small amount of time yesterday quietly celebrating the injury to Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel”. You actually put this into print!? Shame on you, Corey Nichols. Yes, you are a douchebag.

  2. Teddy Bongwater
    7:18 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    Calm down #1… was tongue in cheek. He surely wasnt actually happy or celebrating. He even says a few sentences later that it just means we’re more hopeful for a win with the injury.

  3. Bourbon Town Cat Fan
    7:31 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    I’d rather face Florida with Driskel, they appear to be much better with Murphy.

  4. KYStout
    7:31 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    It’s likely a case of addition by subtraction for Florida.

    They also have a pretty epic defense.

  5. Cpacat
    7:36 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    Of course they will be better; this is a made for TV situation, where the “talking heads” talk up the loss of Driskel and how the second string QB (whose single mother is struggling with poverty and inoperable brain cancer) will be called on to rise to the occasion, and the team dedicates the game to his mom, and ride his dramatic performance to victory….same story, different names, always seems to be against us….

  6. Aunt Bea Tdown
    7:46 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    Nuff “sed”…

  7. I am Spartacus
    8:10 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    Didn’t need a writer from the Sporting News to tell us that…Anybody that watched the game and
    knows ANYTHING about football could see that Murphy is an upgrade over Driskel.

    THAT should have been the story written on this site right after the game YESTERDAY.

  8. Bradley
    8:13 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    If this guy were an upgrade he would have been playing already. He’s the backup to a mediocre QB for a reason. He sucks.

  9. Ho Lee Fuk
    8:32 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    So, the back up QB is obvious better then the QB that Florida’s coach has been playing? PLEASE! The coaches that watched him in practice everyday had him as back up for a reason. I like UK’s chances with Stoops having a week to come up with a game plan against him.

  10. El Guapo
    10:52 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    Hey, just because somebody else is better isn’t always obvious to the coaches. For example, anybody remember Tim Couch running the option?

    Driskel sucked. This guy’ll kill us. Actually, it doesn’t matter how good or bad Florida’s offense is, they won’t have to score more than about 8 points to win this game with their defense and our “offense”.

  11. El Guapo
    10:53 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    Also remember a couple years when they put Trey Burton in the wildcat and he scored about eighteen touchdowns on us? Seriously.

  12. Old Cat
    11:21 am September 23, 2013 Permalink

    Remember UT was thrown a curve ball when Driskel went down and the game plan had to change on the fly, we have a full week to prepare for a new offense with Murphy. Looks like a good oportunity for us.

  13. kybigblue
    11:51 am September 23, 2013 Permalink

    UF lost one game last year during the regular season with Driskel. Murphy comes in against a team that gave up 59 pts. the previous game. The coaches keep the game simple for the inexperienced QB with only 14 passes most of which were short passes or sideline passes. Want until UF plays LSU in three weeks before jumping on the Murphy band wagon. There is a reason he hasn’t played for three years. Maybe he will be the surprise of the year but the jury is still out on him.