A pair of ex-Florida quarterbacks are moving on to the NFL.
Jacoby Brissett was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round, while the San Francisco 49ers used a sixth-round pick on Jeff Driskel.
Brissett and Driskel were 2011 classmates at UF and played for the 2012 team that went 11-2, but that was the most success they experienced with the Gators.
Brissett transferred to N.C. State in 2013 and had a 15-11 record as a two-year starter for the Wolfpack. In each season, he threw for 2,600-plus yards, completed 60 percent of his pass attempts and scored more than 25 touchdowns.
“It all paid off in the long run,” Brissett said Saturday when discussing his transfer from Florida. “I think it gave me a chance to help grow me as a man, as a player, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. If I could I’d go back and do it all over again. Everything has worked out for a reason. It put me into the situation where I’m at today.”
After returning from a season-ending broken leg, Driskel lost his starting job at UF in 2014 and left for Louisiana Tech as a graduate transfer. Driskel threw for 4,033 yards and accounted for 32 touchdowns last season, leading the Bulldogs to a 9-4 record.
“We all have our routes,” Driskel said at the Senior Bowl. “It’s about where you end up and the final destination. But I didn’t plan for that to happen. I really liked my experience at Florida. I met some great people. We won a bunch of games and I think that gets lost.”
Both Brissett and Driskel will reunite with former Florida teammates in the NFL. Linebacker Jon Bostic is in New England and the 49ers have offensive lineman Trent Brown and running back Kelvin Taylor.