Gators Jeff Driskel Confident: Ready To Unveil New Explosive Offense
With less than 10 days until Floridas August 30th opener against Idaho, a lot of fans are wondering whats in store for the 2014 Gator football season. The majority of attention and chatter surrounds the offensive side of the ball and the newly implemented fast-paced shot-gun spread offense, under first-year offensive coordinator Kurt Roper.
Roper discussed the progress the offense has made on the practice field and how impressive the team has looked throughout preseason training camp. One player in particular, is Jeff Driskel. Roper said his starting quarterback looks much more confident and comfortable in the new offensive scheme something that he didnt see when the two first met last spring.
Hes a confident guy, Roper added. Hes got a great look in his eye. Hes a bright eyed guy and I think where you see the confidence growing is just him understanding what were doing offensively. So the more understanding you have, the faster you can make decisions, the faster you can play, and the faster you can be decisive. And I think thats the most important attribute a guy can have - being decisive as a quarterback.
The former Duke offensive coordinator and assistant coach that led the Blue Devils to a record-breaking season in 2013 said that if he could build his ideal quarterback the building blocks would include a strong arm, a sound offensive mind, physical size and athletic ability. But more importantly, the project would start with something intangible.
People ask me all the time, Whats the most important thing a quarterback can possess? Roper said following Tuesdays practice. Well, its numerous, its huge. Its physical abilities, its mental abilities. But the first thing that I want is a guy that is mentally tough - that you cant shake him.
It doesnt matter if the crowd boos him running off the field, it doesnt matter if you have a four interception game, it doesnt matter if you go on social media and everyone tells you that you arent any good. Theres one guy that can take Jeff Driskels confidence from him and thats Jeff Driskel.
Driskels physical toughness is unquestionably there. Just rewind to the last time we saw him on the field when the redshirt junior's2013 season ended with a broken leg in a victory over Tennessee. His injury brought him to the ground on all fours, yet, when the UF'sstaff advised and urged him to get carted off the field he refused - got himself up and limpedoff instead.
Physical toughness is something he undoubtably possesses and according to Roper, mental toughness and confidence is something 6-foot-4, 230 pound Driskelhas acquired after putting last season behind him. The Oviedo, Florida nativehas all the attributes to have a phenomenal 2014 season he has the toughness, physical size, and command of the new offense which showcases his strengths.
Driskel and companyunveiled a glimpse of the much-improvedoffense throughout preseason practices and you can definitely expect to see anexplosive offense this fall when the Gators kick off their season opener against Idaho on August 30th in the swamp.
Here's a closer look at Florida's new up-tempo offense, courtesy of GatorVision: