Driskel notebook 08/09

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel met with the media today for the first time since returning to practice after an appendectomy:

-Driskel said he’s not very limited and has no pain in the spot his appendix used to be. He didn’t get all the reps he’d like because he is still getting acclimated to practice.

-Driskel said he threw the ball well, and said the team had a pretty good day offensively.

-Driskel feels like he could take a hit now if need be. He knows he won’t take a hit until August 31st against Toledo and doesn’t plan to wear any extra padding or rib protection over the area where his appendix used to be.

-Driskel is confident in the time he returned, he said he doesn’t think it was too early. The last hurdle he had to overcome physically was just general soreness that came when he threw the ball.

-Driskel says he hasn’t missed a beat mentally and was very cognizant of taking mental reps when he could.

-Driskel began getting ready to return by walking on a treadmill, then an elliptical machine, then real running, those helped him stay in shape while he was out. He didn’t do any weightlifting, just cardio.

-Driskel thinks the first team reps were huge for Tyler Murphy, he says the team can count on Murphy if he goes down.

-Driskel says he’s been working on throwing the ball before receivers make the breaks in their routes and not after, being more anticipatory than reactionary.

-Driskel says he’ll be better at not taking sacks because he has a feel for the protection schemes and knows what his linemen are doing in front of him so he doesn’t have to feel for them.

-Driskel thinks Florida is good enough to get to Atlanta and compete for an SEC championship, says they were so close last year they could taste it.

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Richard Johnson
Richard lives in Gainesville and prides himself in being a bonafide lifelong Alachua County Resident. He attends the University of Florida and is in his third year studying Telecommunications. He isn’t sure how he started loving football being the son of two immigrants that don’t care about the sport, but he has developed a borderline unhealthy obsession with it. In his free time, Richard watches other sports and is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Tampa Bay Rays. He doesn’t like chocolate, knows Moe’s is better than Chipotle and drinks way too many Arnold Palmers. He also took up golf in the summer of 2012. That pursuit isn’t going well. You can listen to him talk about sports during the Cheapseats radio show on ESPN 850-WRUF or online at WRUF.com. Follow him on Twitter at @RagjUF.