Florida redshirt junior Jeff Driskel appears to be on his way out of Gainesville.
The Raleigh News and Observer (N.C.) is reporting that Driskel is looking to use his senior (and final) year of eligibility to play at Duke University. He will be able to play right away, as he will use the NCAA’s graduate transfer exemption. Although Duke isn’t the only school on his list, Driskel “has sent a release to the Blue Devils, allowing them to contact him,” according to reporter Laura Keeley.
Duke may be a good choice for Driskel as current Blue Devil’s quarterback Anthony Boone played his final collegiate game earlier today against Arizona State.
Driskel’s career has not gone according to plan after a stellar sophomore campaign. In that year, Driskel led the Gators to an 11-2 record and a birth in the 2013 Sugar Bowl, where Florida was defeated by Teddy Bridgewater and the Louisville Cardinals, 33-23. During that season, Driskel threw for 1,646 yards and 12 touchdowns, and only five interceptions. He also ran for 408 yards and four touchdowns.
There was a lot of hype surrounding him heading into the 2013 season, but Driskel went down in the third game of the season with a broken fibula against Tennessee.
The 2014 season also brought a lot of hype to not only Driskel, but the Florida Gators. Both disappointed, and Driskel appeared in only eight games, throwing for 1,092 yards, nine touchdowns and ten interceptions before being replaced by freshman Treon Harris. Before the season started, Driskel was placed on the Maxwell Award watch-list (best player in college football) and the Davey O’Brien award watch-list (best quarterback in college football).
Although Driskel never played a college baseball game with the Florida Gators, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 29th round (863rd overall) of the 2013 MLB draft.
Driskel finishes his Florida career with 3,363 yards, 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.
*Section Photo credit to Sam Greenwood, Getty Images; Featured Photo (above) credit to Steve Mitchell, USA Today Sports.