Former Louisiana Tech quarterback Jeff Driskel believes he could have put up his 2015 statline with his former school.
Driskel moved to La. Tech after the 2014 season from Florida as a graduate transfer. He threw for 4,033 yards for the Bulldogs as Tech finished the season with a New Orleans Bowl win and said at the NFL combine Thursday that those numbers could have been possible at Florida.
"I believe I could’ve," Driskel said. "I don’t think it was a matter of competition, I think it was a matter of me playing well and throwing it to the right guy. With certain looks, if you go back and watch the tape we played an SEC team, we played Mississippi State and I was very productive that game so I think it goes back to me progressing as a quarterback rather than the level of competition I was playing.”
Driskel was maligned for much of his Florida career. His 2014 was not pretty and many fans wanted him replaced by freshman Treon Harris. While Harris completed a lesser percentage of passes than Driskel did in 2014, Driskel averaged just 5.38 yards an attempt and threw 10 interceptions to nine touchdowns.
There were many fans, however, who would have loved to have Driskel last season. After Will Grier was suspended for testing positive for a banned substance, Harris took his place and didn't show much improvement from 2015.
Driskel could have given the Florida offense a chance against Florida State and Michigan, and who knows what his season would have been like under new Florida coach Jim McElwain.
“I think when people think about me in my Florida days they want to think about the bad games," Driskel said. "That was really highlighted, and there was. There were some games where I didn’t play well, didn’t give us a chance to win but I think this year I progressed as a quarterback. I took more calculated risks, wasn’t forcing balls and was taking my shots when they were there rather than trying to force them into coverage and I just think I grew as a quarterback."
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