Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel left the first quarter of the Gators’ game Saturday against SEC rival Tennessee on crutches, ESPN.com reporter Edward Aschoff reported.
Jeff Driskel is leaving the field on crutches #TENNvsUF
— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) September 21, 2013
Driskel was hit in the pocket on an interception, and sat up grabbing his ankle. Devaun Swafford returned the pick 62 yards for a Tennessee touchdown.
Back-up Tyler Murphy came on in relief. The junior Murphy never attempted a pass in his college career upon entry into the lineup. Florida head coach Will Muschamp called on Driskel to play more aggressively against the Vols.
Florida HC Will Muschamp said he told Jeff Driskel to be "aggressive" against Tennessee today #TENNvsUF
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) September 21, 2013
The junior was a ballyhooed recruit in 2011, but has never quite taken off. He was expected to find his stride before the season, but in the Gators’ Week 2 loss at Miami, he threw two costly interceptions.
Florida has dominated its SEC East rivalry with Tennessee in recent years, claiming every decision since 2005. Larry Fleming of The Chattanoogan reports the Gators have become so accustomed to winning over the Volunteers, the team sings UT adopted fight song “Rocky Top.”