Notebook: LSU to force faster decisions from Driskel

Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 8:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 8:19 p.m.

Florida sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel has shown the ability to scramble outside of the pocket and find receivers.

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Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel throws a pass over Kentucky defensive tackle Christian Coleman during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Sept. 22.

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But none of the defensive lines he's done that against had the speed of LSU's front four.

Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease said Driskel must raise his awareness against the Tigers and have a shorter clock in his head when determining whether to pass or run.

“He's gonna have to make a decision (faster),” Pease said. “Once he gets out of that pocket, people are either open or they're not. So he's gonna have to go and make plays with his feet (at that point), because I don't think he's gonna be able to move and then start to locate people from there.”

Pease, who said he works with the quarterbacks in practice on being a threat to throw on the run, admits it will be hard for Driskel to extend plays against LSU.

“That element (of the passing game) might be taken out a little bit because of the athleticism of the guys that are gonna be after him,” Pease said.

On Monday, Driskel hinted at what the offense will do to counter the pressures and blitzes LSU will bring.

“We know about their speed rushers, they're gonna get in there quick,” Driskel said. “But we're gonna have a quick (passing game), draws, stuff like that because we know those are really good players.”

Impact of Copeland

LSU junior fullback J.C. Copeland suffered a left leg injury against Towson last Saturday and his status for the Florida game has not been determined.

If he is unable to play, UF redshirt senior defensive tackle Omar Hunter said LSU will be without a great blocker.

“Anytime you lose a good player like he is, it's definitely going to hurt a little bit,” Hunter said. “He's tough and he's a really big guy (6-foot-1, 272 pounds). When they get him on a defensive lineman that's breaking through or put him on a linebacker, he creates a lot of havoc and it springs a lot of their runs.”

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