Driskel: Gators must handle loss

Florida's Jeff Driskel runs upfield during the first half against Georgia at EverBank Field in Jacksonville on Saturday.

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Published: Monday, October 29, 2012 at 12:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 29, 2012 at 12:33 p.m.

Florida sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel accepted blame Monday for the 17-9 loss to Georgia on Saturday, when he committed four turnovers.

“I thought we were doing a good job moving the ball, but you can't have turnovers,” Driskel said at Monday's media availability on the Florida campus. “We had two in the red zone.

“Hopefully I got it out of my system,” Driskel said of his two fumbles and two interceptions.

“You're going to be disappointed, especially with what was at stake.”

The Gators missed out on the opportunity to win the SEC Eastern Division and advance to the league championship game in Atlanta.

The last turnover of the game was by tight end Jordan Reed, who was distraught afterward.

“He was disappointed,” Driskel said. “We all were disappointed. We've gotten over it.

“So far this year we've handled wins well. We've got to handle a loss well.”

Although he understands why Driskel is receiving some blame from Gator Nation about Saturday's result, UF coach Will Muschamp said other players need to step up on offense.

“It's part of being the quarterback at the University of Florida,” Muschamp said. “Could he have made some better decisions? Certainly, but we also need to play better around him.”

Notes: On the injury list, Muschamp said linebacker Lerentee McCray (ankle) is probable for Saturday. Offensive linemen Xavier Nixon and James Wilson have twisted knees, but should be OK and return to practice Tuesday, Muschamp said.

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