MLB draft selection a surprise to Driskel


Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel was out hunting with his girlfriend when he was picked by the Boston Red Sox in the 29th round of the MLB draft.

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Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 6:04 p.m.
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Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel was out hunting with his girlfriend when he was picked by the Boston Red Sox in the 29th round of the MLB draft.

Matt Stamey/Staff photographer
No one seemed more surprised about Jeff Driskel getting drafted by the Boston Red Sox than Jeff Driskel. Florida's starting quarterback was out hunting at the time and did not find out until later from friends that he'd been drafted by the Red Sox in the 29th round Saturday.


Driskel tweeted his reaction: “Got drafted by the Red Sox today. Did not see that coming.” Driskel was considered a potential major league prospect in high school, but has not played the sport since his junior season at Hagerty High in Oviedo. He missed his senior season to enroll early at UF. Driskel, an outfielder, batted .330 as a junior. Former UF baseball player Brian Johnson, who is in the Boston organization, tweeted Driskel on Saturday, asking him if he planned to sign with the Red Sox. Driskel replied, “no sir lol.” Driskel was wearing a big smile late Saturday afternoon. But it wasn't because Boston selected him late in the draft. It was because he bagged a wild hog while hunting with his girlfriend, UF cheerleader Tarin Moses.

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