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Florida QB Driskel to play football despite baseball contract

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Even though Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel signed a major-league baseball contract with the Boston Red Sox, he said in a statement on Thursday that he will continue to play football for the Gators.

"I plan on focusing on football and finishing my college career with the Gators," Driskel said. "After my college football career is over I want to pursue a professional career in the NFL. If I ever decide I want to play baseball, I want to play with the Boston Red Sox who drafted me in the recent draft."

Driskel, who will be a junior this fall, has two seasons of college football eligibility remaining. He was the Gators' starting quarterback last season, when he completed 63.7 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions.

NCAA rules allow athletes to sign pro baseball contracts while remaining eligible in football provided the athlete doesn't sign an endorsement deal.

Driskel could play for the Red Sox and return to Florida to play football this fall. He does niot appear Driskel will be playing baseball this summer, however.

He was a 29th-round pick of the Red Sox, although he has not played baseball since high school.
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