I think a lot of people were sort of chastised for their criticism of Jeff Driskel last season and after Toledo. This isn't a "Hah! We were right!" kind of deal, but I do think at this point, most everyone is going to be more open to discussion about just how good he is. That said, I want to bring up my own feelings on the Gator QB, and why I don't think he's good enough to lead us to a similar season as last year. My reasoning: 1. Driskel lacks awareness I think people tend to throw awareness off the side of the boat in these kinds of discussions because it isn't really quantitative. It's pretty clear at this point that Driskel has little to no awareness in the pocket (and even outside of the pocket), and that's really hurting the team. My theory was more or less proved today when we were down 5 points with about 25 seconds to go. The ONLY thing you do not do in that situation is wait until you get sacked. Given the situation, it would be much smarter to just hurl the ball forward, or even toss it in someone's general direction. There were a few other times today (the 1st and 2nd INT's come to mind) where it was clear that he hadn't thought to himself "Okay, what is the plan here? What do I do if X happens?". Those are the questions a QB needs to be thinking about pre-play (don't make panic throws in the red zone, etc.). 2. He doesn't use his legs to his advantage This is something that is more of an error on the coaches than it is Driskel. For someone who runs so well -- and after today, I don't think anyone would question how talented of a runner he is -- he fails to escape pressure. In fact, he usually doesn't move from his position in the pocket. Make them keep a spy on you, and it makes the passing game easier. 3. No touch on the ball There were numerous times today where Driskel fired the ball to a player less than five yards away, which would either lead to a drop or to the player having to slow down to catch the ball. He has to learn to put the ball in a WR's hands in stride, and let them do the work. Overall, I was impressed with our WR's open field ability today. Let them do some of the work for you. 4. No progression Perhaps the most noticeable thing about watching Driskel is that he focuses in on one WR the ENTIRE play. Unless the Offensive Line gives him ample time, he refuses to take his eyes off of a single receiver, which not only limits big play potential, but it leads to turnovers. 5. Doesn't have "It" As a stats geek, it always annoys me when people say "he just doesn't have the "IT" factor". What does that even mean? In this case, I kind of get it. When the team needs a big play, it usually ends up in the other team making a big play. When Driskel is being rushed, it almost always turns into a sack. When a player is wide open in the endzone (AKA Dunbar), he misses the easy throw and TD. When there is a player wide open on his opposite side, he doesn't bother to look. When he desperately needs a score, he turns it over. Conclusion: I honestly believe Driskel has immense physical potential. He is our QB, for better or for worse, and he has the ability to change a lot of things listed above. It's going to be up to him as a QB. But as of right now, this is not a championship caliber QB.