Gainesville, FL----It's safe to say there is going to be a little extra pressure on Jeff Driskel as the Gators begin the 2013 season next Saturday against Toledo. Florida likely to be without starting tailback Matt Jones, which means Driskel will probably have to put the ball up a little more.
And when he does drop back to pass, it will be interesting to see how Jeff Driskel drives that offense. He simply must be more consistent if the Gators are going to survive a killer schedule.
Offensive coordinator Brent Pease says Jeff's going to have to make better use of his recievers, especially with the early departure of Jordan Reed, the junior tight end who was Driskel's "go to guy" last season.
And there's another facet of the passing game, says Pease, they'll stress to Jeff.
"How many times the backs can catch balls in the passing game. We should have probably, based on coverages and reads and stuff, got those guys the ball a lot more. So those guys are gonna have to balance some things out. So if we just have good distribution and guys make plays, which I think they've done a good job in practice, making big plays, making tough catches, stretching the defense, that I think you're gonna see more of a balance."
All totalled, the returning group of receivers combined for fewer than 60 catches and 600 yards and just 6 td's.
That game next Saturday in the Swamp just after noon eastern.