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Jeff Driskel

Jeff Driskel
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs No. 6
Position Quarterback
Class Redshirt Junior
Major Physical education
Career history
High school Oviedo (FL) Hagerty
Personal information
Date of birth (1993-04-23) April 23, 1993 (age 22)
Place of birth Oviedo, Florida
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Jeffrey M. Driskel (born April 23, 1993) is an American college football quarterback for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team. Driskel was a redshirt junior for the Florida Gators during the 2014 fall season, and was the starter at quarterback. On January 3, 2015 Driskel was granted his release from his scholarship, and because he graduated over the summer, he is eligible to play immediately at Louisiana Tech as a graduate transfer.

Early years

Driskel attended Paul J. Hagerty High School in Oviedo, Florida. During his career he threw for 4,844 yards and 36 touchdowns. As a senior in 2010 he was the Maxwell Football Club National High School Player of the Year and the Gatorade Florida Player of the Year.[1][2] He was ranked as the best pro-style quarterback recruit in his class by and[3][4]

College career

Driskel accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Will Muschamp's Florida Gators football since 2011. As a freshman, Driskel appeared in five games, completing 16 of 34 passes for 148 yards with two interceptions. He became the team's starter as a sophomore in 2012. He led them to an 11-2 record and a berth in the 2013 Sugar Bowl, in which Florida lost to Teddy Bridgewater and the Louisville Cardinals.[5]

After starting three games in 2013, Driskel broke his right fibula in a football game against the University of Tennessee and missed the remainder of the season.[6] Prior to the start of the 2014 college football season, Driskel was put on the Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien award watch-lists. Additionally, Driskel was named to Phil Steele's pre-season 3rd Team All-American list. On January 3, 2015, Driskel was granted his release from Florida and he transferred to Louisiana Tech.


Despite not playing baseball since high school, Driskel was selected by the Boston Red Sox with the 863rd pick of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft.[7] Driskel signed a contract with the Red Sox,[8] but he has no plans to stop playing football. If he chooses to play baseball in the future, his rights will be owned by Boston. Other players who have signed similar contracts include Dennis Dixon, Jake Locker, Shaq Thompson, and 2012 Red Sox draftee Brandon Magee.[9]


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