By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Last season, the Florida Gators were one of the top teams in college football, and they were even ranked No. 1 in the country for a short time. Traditionally, that’s where they have belonged over the years.
But this season has been a huge disappointment. The Gators are just 4-4 this season and may finish with a 6-6 record overall.
Last week, the Gators lost to the Georgia Bulldogs for the third straight year, as head coach Will Muschamp has never beaten the Bulldogs in his three-years as the Gators head coach.
With the loss, the critics are already beginning to call for Muschamp’s ouster from the college. And he does have a worse conference record than what Ron Zook had with the Gators from 2002 through 2004.
When the Gators lost junior quarterback Jeff Driskel, the team has taken a turn for the worst. The team is just 1-3, with a three game losing streak, since Driskel went down.
Driskel went down in the Tennessee game, where he went 3-for-6 for 33 yards. Then, he broke his fibula, a season-ending injury, on September 21st when he went back for his 7th pass.
On Tuesday this week, Driskel had his cast removed from his lower right leg. And yesterday, he was able to begin physical therapy on his road back.
“I did some motion in my ankle,” said Driskel to GatorZone.com. “It didn’t hurt when I was moving it around, so that’s good. It’s great to be out of the cast to where I can move it around.”
But Driskel will not rush it back to help the Gators now. Tyler Murphy is the only talented quarterback left on the Gators roster, as the team is weak at quarterback after Jacoby Brissett left for North Carolina State after last season’s bowl game.
Before his injury, Driskel went 42-for-61 for 477 yards and two touchdowns. Since Murphy took over, he has gone 82-for-139 for 911 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. Murphy has also been sacked 17 times in six games.
Since Driskel left the team with an injury, he has not been at any games. But that will come to an end, as he will be at the Vanderbilt vs. Florida game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium aka the Swamp on Saturday.
“It was just a waiting game for a long time,” said Driskel to GatorZone.com. “I couldn’t do anything. The only thing I could really do was stay off it. It’s been tough. You can’t really do much or go anywhere. A lot of Netflix.”
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