GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Jeff Driskel's last pass at Florida Field ended in severe pain.
Driskel broke his right leg against Tennessee in September, causing him to miss the final nine games of the season and leaving the Gators reeling on offense.
Driskel got up and walked off the field after the gruesome injury, which gave teammates and coaches a new level of respect for their starting quarterback.
Nearly a year later, Driskel is healthy and hoping to lead the Gators back to prominence in the Southeastern Conference. Florida opens the season Saturday against Idaho, a seemingly overmatched opponent that should provide the Gators a better-than-decent chance at ending a seven-game losing streak.
But if the Gators are going to have the kind of season they envision, they need Driskel to stay healthy.
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