GAINESVILLE, Fla. — No. 6 Florida will have its starting quarterback back in the starting lineup against one of its biggest rivals.
Coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday that sophomore Jeff Driskel will return to the starting lineup for Saturday’s game at No. 10 Florida State (10-1).
Jeff Driskel looked very good at practice (Tuesday) and he’ll be ready to go,” Muschamp said on the Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference.
Driskel sprained his right ankle Nov. 10 against Louisiana-Lafayette and sat out last weekend’s 23-0 win over lower-division Jacksonville State. Jacoby Brissett started in his place and completed 14 of 22 passes for 154 yards.
Driskel was on the sideline during the game without a walking boot, worked out Sunday and was cleared to practice Tuesday.
“He looked fine,” Muschamp said. “We did everything we normally do. There was nothing limited within the package of what we did with him, with the way we normally prepare for any game. So again, looked very good yesterday, and unless something just unheard of happens in practice today or tomorrow, he ought to be ready to go Saturday.”
Driskel has completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,324 yards, with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.
His ability to scramble has been clutch for the Gators (10-1), whose offensive line has been inconsistent most of the season.
With Driskel cleared, Florida will have its quarterback and starting offensive line together for the first time in four weeks.
Sumlin’s switch pays off
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin has led one of the top five offenses in the country in four of the five seasons since becoming a head coach.
But if not for a push from Mike Price 23 years ago, Sumlin might have ended up focused more on how to stop offenses rather than creating them.
Price gave him his first job as a graduate assistant on defense at Washington State. He summoned him into the office on day and told him if he learned the offense they were running: ‘You’ll have a job the rest of your life somewhere.’
Price has been right. In his first year at Texas A&M, Sumlin has the No. 9 Aggies in position for their first 10-win season since 1998 when they play Missouri on Saturday.
Spotty cell service for fans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A popular question asked during SEC games this season has been: Do you have any service?
The increasing number of fans unhappy their smartphones and tablets aren’t working is a priority for the Southeastern Conference. The need for more bandwidth at stadiums is a hot-button issue being studied by a fan experience group approved by league presidents and chancellors earlier this year.
The league is trying to take action before fans do.
Alabama fan Chad Gilbert said he’s resigned himself to the fact that checking scores or social media isn’t possible during games. The frustrating in-game experience makes him want to stay home.
The challenge for the SEC is coming up with a uniform solution. Each school has individual deals with wireless providers, so reception varies from stadium to stadium.
Broyles nominees released
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and Alabama special teams coach Bobby Williams are among the 29 nominees for the 2012 Broyles Award, the honor handed out to the country’s top assistant football coach.
The award is sponsored by The Rotary Club of Little Rock and is named for longtime Arkansas football coach and athletic director Frank Broyles. It’s presented each year to the top assistant coach in college football.
Five finalists will be announced Monday and the award will be presented Tuesday in Little Rock.
LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis was the 2011 winner.
UK, UT facing transitions
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Saturday’s Kentucky-Tennessee matchup can be summed up in one word:
On one sideline is Kentucky’s Joker Phillips, coaching the Wildcats for the last time after being fired on Nov. 4. His counterpart is Jim Chaney, who is serving as the Volunteers’ interim coach after Derek Dooley declined to finish the season following his firing on Sunday.
This adds a new twist to a rivalry game.
But when the teams meet in Saturday’s showdown in Knoxville, Tenn., everyone will be playing hard. Both schools are looking for their only Southeastern Conference victory this season.
Phillips says it will be emotional game, not because of the coaches, but because “it will be their last time to play together.”