One of the most improved teams in 2012 was the Florida Gators going 11-2. A solid record that most teams would love to have, but they didn't win 11 games on the arm of quarterback Jeff Driskel.
Florida struggled to get much going through the air last season. The Gators finished the season 114th out of 120 college football teams in passing offense. Passing efficiency was a little better at 68th overall, but still not the numbers Florida fans remember from the 90's.
In 2012 Jeff Driskel showed a lot of improvement over his very limited playing time of 2011. Driskel completed %63.7 of his pass attempts (not bad) with 12 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Still though Driskel only threw for 1,646 yards; well below other SEC quarterbacks like AJ McCarron (2,933) and Johnny Manziel (3,706).
Florida head coach Will Muschamp doesn't see it that way. Muschamp told Alabama's 13 Sports that he's pleased with Driskel and doesn't think the Gators would have won 11 games without him.
"I'm very pleased with Jeff, we wouldn't have won 11 games if Jeff Driskel wasn't our quarterback I can tell you that", Muschamp said.
"He's a guy that really took the next step mentally off the field, game slowing down, year two in the system. I'm very pleased with his progress".
The jury is still out on whether or not Driskel can lead the Gators back to a BCS National Title.
The Gators start the season off with Toledo before traveling to Miami in week two.
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