Driskel Has Apendectomy, Likely Out for Two Weeks

Gainesville, FL---It's exactly the kind of thing Will Muschamp doesn't want to have to deal with just a few days before fall practice opens, but something he'll deal with nonetheless.

The Gators will began practice Friday without starting quarterback Jeff Driskel on the field. The junior to be is recovering from an emergency apendectomy Tuesday morning at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

Coach Muschamp releasing a statement this afternoon which read "Jeff had acute appendicitis and fortunately the medical staff caught it very quickly. His surgery went well and how long he is out will be determined by how his body responds, which could be two weeks."

Driskel, out of Oviedo, 10-2 as a starter last season, but was inconsistent at best.

Muschamp and Gator fans are hoping to see big time improvement in his play. It was hoped Jeff taking all of, or the majority of the first team snaps this preseason would help towards that end. Now he'll miss several practices at least.

Redshirt junior Tyler Murphy and redshirt freshman Skyler Morninweg are competing for the number two spot on the depth chart, they'll certainly get extra looks now.