After making a decision to leave the Florida Gators, Jeff Driskel has found himself landing on his feet and, as it turns out, will get a chance to lead another football program to start the 2015 college football season.
Ahead of the 2015 Conference USA Media Day being held in South Florida, head coach Skip Holtz has made his decision heading into fall practice:
“Going into it? Yes,” Holtz said without hesitation on Monday when asked if Driskel’s appearance at C-USA Media Day meant he would be the opening day starter.
Holtz’s comments hardly come as a surprise. Earlier this month, C-USA announced Driskel, who transferred from Florida in March for his senior season, and safety Kentrell Brice would represent the Bulldogs at media day. Holtz’s decision to take Driskel served as an unofficial announcement of sorts that Driskel, not Ryan Higgins, was the starter.
Holtz declined to announce a starter after April’s spring game, and it was unclear when, if at all, he’d make a public announcement. Prior to Monday’s conversation, Holtz told a Knoxville radio station July 9 that Driskel was the starter.
Driskel dealt with injuries during his time in Gainesville, and knew he would have a challenge if he returned to the program from returning quarterback Treon Harris and incoming signal caller Will Grier.
On social media, Driskel received both well wishes, and a couple jabs too: