Teammates have Driskel's back

Teammates have Driskel's back

One of the things that this 2013 Florida football team has talked about before this season is just how close they are on and off the field. It only makes sense when one of their own struggles that they would be there to pick them back up. Florida junior quarterback Jeff Driskel made three critical errors on Saturday in a 21-16 loss to Miami and on queue his teammates came to his aid.

The Florida defense played spectacular from the middle of the first quarter on. In the meantime, the offense struggled mightily when it got down into the red zone. This is a scenario that was all too common a season ago and it wouldn't be surprising in most instances to see one side of the ball turn on the other, especially after a big loss.

His teammates know Jeff Driskel understands and feels the pressure of being a team leader and will do everything he can to correct things in the future.

"He played okay, he just got a little frustrated with turnovers," two-way player Loucheiz Purifoy said of his teammate after the game. "He wasn't talking (after the game) so I knew he was frustrated."

Junior receiver Quinton Dunbar had career highs in receptions (7) and receiving yards (98) and believes in his quarterback.

"Jeff is going to be alright," Dunbar said. "He made some tremendous throws out there. We just have to watch the film and get better, that's all."

Senior center Jonotthan Harrison shed some light on what Driskel was feeling after the game.

"Driskel was aware of possible mistakes and aware that we really need to get our foot on the pedal in the next two weeks," Harrison said. The next two weeks, we come into a bye week and we step into SEC action and he was like we really need to step up our urgency as a team."

Harrison has been through some good times and tough times as a Gator. He understands that he and his teammates need to make sure Driskel understands they believe in him.

"It is very important," Harrison said. "You can't beat him down, can't attack him, and can't criticize him for everything because it isn't all on him. Football is not a singular sport so we can't put it all on Driskel.

"We aren't turning our back on any of our teammates. We have faith in him, especially the offensive line. We have a lot of faith in Driskel and the fact he can make plays with his arm and his feet, which makes our offense that much more versatile."

Purifoy said it best after the game.

"He's our quarterback and who we ride with… I have a lot of confidence in him."

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