LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — It’s been a rough Under Armour start for Jeff Driskel.
The nation’s No. 1 quarterback has been harassed during the first two days of practice and has found himself making a handful of mistakes.
Confined to a yellow non-contact jersey and with no real chance to use his feet, Florida’s prized commit had two interception-heavy days at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. With little time to throw and defenders closing in on him fast, the Click-Clack (Red) quarterback found it hard to pick just one guy who has impressed him the most on the other side of the ball.
“Pretty much every defensive player is standing out to me,” Driskel said. “The defenses are good. Defenders are flying around all over the place. They’re making play after play.”
Driskel’s struggles should be expected with new guys around him and much better talent coming after him, but he has made his own set of plays. Toward the end of Monday’s practice, Driskel threw a couple of touchdown passes during goal-line drills.
With the defense usually ahead of the offense during all-star preparations, Driskel said the offense needs a little extra time for that chemistry to fall into place.
“Guys on the offense, we’re going to get it together, we’re going to be all right,” he said. “We just have to have a few days to gel.”
The other thing that will help come Wednesday’s game is the fact that Driskel’s legs won’t be restricted. He’s not allowed to really move outside the pocket much now, but will be back to using his feet to get him out of sticky situations when the real game starts.
“The coaching staff is not really letting us free (to run), but in the game I’m looking forward to making some plays,” he said.
Waisome wasn’t pushed out
While rumors of Groveland South Lake cornerback Nick Waisome being pushed out of his Florida commitment have been swarming, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Gainesville Sun that wasn’t the case.
The source said Waisome met with Muschamp during his official visit last month, but “just didn’t feel it” the same way he did with Urban Meyer. The day Meyer resigned, Waisome’s commitment instantly became shaky.
With uncertainty in Gainesville, Waisome, an early enrollee, said he felt more comfortable with Florida State’s situation and committed to the Seminoles the day he decommitted from Florida.
Waisome hasn’t been contacted by anyone from Florida’s staff since he decommitted.
Not many could stop Rock Hill, S.C., South Pointe defensive end Jadeveon Clowney Sunday. I guess that’s why he’s the No. 1 player in the country.
At 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, Clowney overpowered everyone he went against during the Click-Clack practice. I’m sure those guys are pretty happy they won’t have to deal with him during Wednesday night’s game.
Clowney even made the hit of the day when he reverse pancaked Rockdale, Texas, offensive tackle Le’Raven Clark. It was like the Texas Tech commit had no idea what he was facing when Clowney pinned him on the ground the instant he got off the line of scrimmage.
However, there was one — and only one — lineman to really hold his own against Clowney. Beltsville, Md., DeMatha Catholic, tackle Cyrus Kouandjio was punished early by Clowney, but consistently held his own after.
On one play, Clowney almost knocked Kouandjio to the ground, but the tackle recovered and kept Clowney away from the quarterback.
This matchup will only get better this week.