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Gators' Jeff Driskel's development a key to 2012 season

Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel has been a big factor in the Gators' 4-0 start entering next Saturday's game against LSU.

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Florida Gators sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel has been the playmaker at quarterback the Gators needed this season. Through four games he has completed close to 70 percent of his passes for 698 yards, four touchdowns and only one interception.

Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union has gone over what has made Driskel so successful early on in the season:

"The sophomore can buy time with his mobility, and he forces defenses to contain on the edge with his ability to break long runs. That opens up the middle running lanes for UF's backs."

One thing that is holding Driskel back, according to Carlyon, has been the lack of a top-notch wide receiver. So far, no Gators receiver is ranked in the SEC top 15 for yards per catch. Among other criticisms is the fact that no receiver is averaging around three catches per game mainly because Driskel has thrown it to various receivers:

"The fact that 13 Gators have caught a pass - and Andre Debose isn't one of them - is astounding. True freshman Latroy Pittman, a spring practice darling among the coaches after enrolling early, has six yards receiving. Tight end Jordan Reed remains the only high-quality target in the offense."

The Gators are preparing for next Saturday's game against the LSU Tigers. The game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff and will be broadcast on CBS.

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