UF’s Driskel to start vs. Mizzou, but Harris will play

Published on Tuesday, 10/14/14,, at 3:58 p.m. Eastern. 

When Florida takes on Missouri at The Swamp on Saturday night, Jeff Driskel will be the starting quarterback despite his 1/5 touchdown-to-interception ratio the last two weeks. However, true freshman Treon Harris will get playing time.

“Jeff is going to start, but this week obviously is an important week to see how each guy prepares and does all those things,” UF offensive coordinator Kurt Roper told the assembled media in Gainesville. “Hopefully we do get a hot hand and do well the whole game. I’d like to get a hot hand for sure.”

Jeff Driskel and Treon Harris will split time Saturday vs. Missouri.

Jeff Driskel and Treon Harris will split time Saturday vs. Missouri.

Harris did not dress for Saturday’s 30-27 home loss to LSU because his suspension levied last Monday wasn’t lifted until Friday. He had not been able to go on campus or participate in any team activities last week.

Two weeks ago in Knoxville, Harris entered the game in relief of an ineffective Driskel and promptly guided the Gators on a pair of scoring drives. Harris’s heroics lifted his team to a 10-9 victory.

Despite Saturday’s gut-wrenching defeat to LSU on a last-second field goal from 50 yards out, UF can still win the SEC East if it wins out and Kentucky loses one more SEC game. After hosting the Tigers this weekend, Will Muschamp’s team has two weeks to prepare for Georgia in Jacksonville. The availability of UGA running back Todd Gurley remains in doubt for the rest of the season.

In other college football news, Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld is out for the season with a shoulder injury. True freshman Chris Covington will assume the starting QB role for the Hoosiers, who are home underdogs Saturday vs. Michigan St.

Also, Boise St.’s best WR Matt Miller is done for the season, while Clemson freshman QB Deshaun Watson is out indefinitely with a broken finger. Gamblers should check the ‘questionable’ statuses of the following QBs in Week 8: Vandy’s Paton Robinette, Navy’s Keenan Reynolds and Akron’s Kyle Pohl (UPDATE: Pohl downgraded to ‘doubtful.’ Also, Toledo stud RB Kareem Hunt remains a question mark to return to the Rockets’ lineup.

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