Skip Holtz says Jeff Driskel was a ‘scapegoat’ at Florida
It’s fair to say that Jeff Driskel’s time at Florida did not work out for both parties.
Driskel never threw for more than 12 touchdowns in a season, and his inconsistent play led some Gators fans to boo him along with coach Will Muschamp.
The former 5-star quarterback transferred to Louisiana Tech after the end of last season, and what do you know? Driskel leads the nation in pass efficiency.
La. Tech coach Skip Holtz, who is the son of legendary coach Lou Holtz, has spoken highly of Driskel since his arrival, but he recently delivered some of his strongest comments yet.
“I think down at Florida, it got very toxic for him. He became the scapegoat,” Holtz said, according to the News Star. “He became the guy that was tied to losing at Florida as a fanbase that does not take very well to losing. It really became a negative situation, which is unfortunate because he’s such a great Christian young man with such great values who is a leader.”
I strongly believe Driskel’s inconsistent play at UF had somewhat to do with Florida changing offensive coordinators three times. Charlie Weis in 2011. Brent Pease in 2012 and 2013. Kurt Roper in 2014. It’s not easy learning new playbooks almost every season.
The one thing I can say about Driskel: he was always a class act. Even when Treon Harris replaced him as the starter in 2014, he never once said the wrong thing. As a Florida graduate, I do wish him luck, and I hope he succeeds in a new environment.
You can watch Driskel’s Bulldogs in action Thursday night as the team squares off against Western Kentucky.