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Report: Driskel to Transfer to Louisiana Tech

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) -- Ex-Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel will transfer from the University of Florida to Louisiana Tech, according to

The University of Florida granted Driskel's release from scholarship after head coach Will Muschamp was fired and replaced by Jim McElwain.

Driskel will be eligible to play next season with the Bulldogs as he has already graduated from the University of Florida.

In 2011, Driskel was the No. 1 quarterback recruit and signed with Florida. He took over as the starter in 2012 and led the team to an 11-2 season. The Gators lost the Sugar Bowl to the Teddy Bridgewater-led Louisville Cardinals 33-23.

Freshman Treon Harris took the starting job from Driskel this past season as the former No. 1 recruit struggled to complete 53.8 percent of his passes for 1,140 yards nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

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Florida Ends 2014 Season on High Note, Top ECU in the Birmingham Bowl

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- After a disappointing regular season, the Florida Gators have some momentum heading into 2015 after defeating East Carolina 28-20 in the Birmingham Bowl on Saturday.

Gators quarterback Treon Harris didn't have his best game of the season, but he was good enough as he completed five of 11 passes for 123 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

With the Pirates closing in, Harris threw an 86-yard touchdown to Ahmad Fulwood to give Florida a 28-14 lead.

But arguably the story of the game was when Harris left the game in the third quarter with a leg injury. In came junior quarterback and former starter Jeff Driskel.

On Saturday, new Gators head coach Jim McElwain confirmed that Driskel has asked for and received his release from his scholarship.

"That's up to him," McElwain said on Driskel's possible return. "We all have choices, and I'm not going to hold him hostage."

Driskel went eight of 17 for 48 yards in what was likely his final game with the team.

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Gators Make QB Change

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) -- In the midst of a tough season, the Florida Gators decided to make a change: Florida head coach Will Muschamp named true freshman Treon Harris the team's starting quarterback.

Harris takes over for fourth year junior Jeff Driskel.

Harris was suspended earlier this season while police investigated an accusation of sexual battery from another student. Five days after the suspension was announced, Harris was reinstated because the accuser withdrew her complaint.

Last week, Harris came into the game against Missouri in the fourth quarter, completing 8-of-12 passes for 98 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for a three yard touchdown.

"You saw what he did late in the game," Muschamp said Wednesday. "He has a knack for making plays and making some good things happen for our football team. We've struggled with production at the quarterback position, and that's been an issue for us along with others. Been a huge issue for us."

Despite Harris being named starter, Muschamp says Driskel still has a role with the Gators (3-3, 2-3 SEC).

Florida is on a bye this week. Their next game is Nov. 1 in Jacksonville versus Georgia.

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Florida Loses Driskel For Season, Tops Tennessee 31-17

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(GAINESVILLE, FL) --  The Florida Gators opened up conference play in the SEC by knocking off Tennessee 31-17 on Saturday, but they suffered a huge loss in the process.

Starting quarterback Jeff Driskel will need surgery after breaking his right leg in the first quarter and will miss the remainder of the season.

"Jeff Driskel is as tough a kid as I've been around so when he looked at the sideline and waved, I knew it was bad," head coach Will Muschamp said after the game.

Junior Tyler Murphy took over for Driskel and threw for 134 yards and one touchdown, including a 52-yarder to Solomon Patton.

The 19th-ranked Gators (2-1) topped the Volunteers for the ninth-straight time in the series between the two teams.

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Miami Upsets (12) Florida, 21-16

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(MIAMI GARDEN, Fla.) -- In what will likely be the final matchup between the two schools, Miami got the last laugh as they upset Florida 21-16 on Saturday.

Due to ongoing conference realignment, Miami and Florida are unlikely to ever play each other again, which added even more importance to the game.

Miami quarterback Stephen Morris came out firing with two touchdown passes in the first quarter, helping them gain a 14-6 lead after the first quarter.

Florida got the game as close to 21-16, but missed opportunities near the red-zone wound up costing Florida in the end.

"That's a good football team we just played, give them credit," Miami head coach Al Golden said. "We fought our tails off, our defense was on the field way too much. They fought hard for us, we made some plays in the end, and great victory for Miami football."

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel threw for a career-high 291 yards, but he also threw two costly interceptions.

Morris finished the game completing 12 of 25 passes for 162 along with the two touchdowns.

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Florida's Defense Comes Through In 24-6 Win Over Toledo

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(GAINSVILLE, Fla.) -- The 10th ranked Florida Gators flexed their defensive muscles on their way to a 24-6 win over Toledo on Saturday.

The Gators had the fifth ranked defense in the country in 2012, and despite losing eight starters, it looks like they haven't missed a beat.

Florida held Toledo to just 205 yards of total offense, and nearly doubled the time of possession.

Quarterback Jeff Driskel was efficient, as the completed 17 of 22 passes for 153 yards and touchdowns.

But the offensive star of the game was running back Mack Brown. The junior back had a career game as he ran for 112 yards on 25 carries while also scoring two touchdowns. Fellow Gators' running back Kelvin Taylor added 43 yards on the ground on just 5 carries.

For Toledo, senior quarterback Terrance Owens had 155 yards in the air while completing 17 of 38 passes. Running back David Fluellen added 46 rushing yards on nine carries.

Florida has now won 24 consecutve season-opening games. That is the second-longest in the nation behind Nebraska, who has 27.

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No. 4 Florida Takes Care Of No.10 Florida State 37-26.

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, FL) --  No.4 Florida scored 24 straight points in the fourth quarter to defeat Florida State 37-26 Saturday, keeping its national title hopes alive.

The Gators improved to 11-1 and 7-1 in the SEC.  Their one loss came at the hands of No.3 Georgia and that will keep them out of the conference title game.

A loss by Notre Dame would also keep Florida in the conversation for a spot in the national title game.

Mike Gillislee scored two touchdowns for the Gators including the one that helped them regain the lead with 11:01 left in the fourth quarter.

 Florida State fell to 10-2 after committing five turnovers.  They will play Georgia Tech next week in the ACC title game.

Jeff Driskel passed for 147 yards and one touchdown, a 14-yarder which all but iced the game in the fourth quarter.

In the loss, Florida State kicker Dustin Hopkins kicked 50 and 53 yard field goals to tie former Georgia kicker Billy Bennett's NCAA record of 87 career field goals.

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Gators' Starting QB Driskel Out Saturday, Maybe Longer

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) -- Florida Gators starting quarterback Jeff Driskel will miss the team's game Saturday against Jacksonville State, and might miss the regular-season finale against Florida State.

Driskel sprained his right ankle when he was tackled in the third quarter of the teams' win over Louisiana-Lafayette last Saturday.

"We're just working through this week," Gators head coach Will Muschamp said. "Whenever you deal with an ankle it's a day-to-day process. It's a situation that continues to improve. How much it'll improve into next week, I have no idea at this time."

With Driskel out, sophomore Jacoby Brissett will get the start. Brissett came in after Driskel was injured last weekend and threw the game-tying touchdown pass to Quinton Dunbar. This will be Brissett's second start of the season. He also started the teams season-opener.

In nine games Driskel has completed 125 of his 193 passes, for 1324 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also has rushed for 424 yards and four scores.

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No. 7 Florida Edges Missouri 14-7

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(GAINESVILLE, FL) --  Jeff Driskel hit Mike Gillislee on a screen pass that went the distance in the fourth quarter to help Florida (No. 7 BCS, No. 8 AP) escape Missouri 14-7.

The win helped the Gators (8-1, 7-1) bounce back from a devastating loss to Georgia last week.  Their hopes of winning the SEC's Eastern Division remain alive.

In order to clinch a spot in the SEC title game, Florida needs the Gators to lose one of their two remaining regular-season games.

It was another tough game for the Tigers (4-5, 1-5) who are playing in their first season in the SEC.  They took a 7-0 lead into halftime but were shut down for the entire second half.

Missouri quarterback James Franklin struggled against the Gator defense, throwing for 251 yards, no touchdowns, and four interceptions.

Running back Omarius Hines scored a 36-yard touchdown to tie the game in the third quarter, before Florida took the lead for good late.

Franklin led the Tigers on a drive late, but Josh Evans intercepted him on fourth-down in the end zone with five seconds left in the game to seal the victory.

Florida surpassed last season's win total of seven.

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Florida Plows South Carolina 44-11.

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(GAINESVILLE, Fla.)  --  Florida (No. 2 BCS, No. 3 AP) had no trouble with South Carolina, crushing the Gamecocks (No. 7 BCS, No. 9 AP) 44-11.

Jeff Driskel threw four touchdown passes for the Gators, with three of them coming off of South Carolina turnovers.  His four touchdowns also only came on 11 pass attempts.  He finished the game 11-of-16 for 97 yards.

The win improved the Gators' 2012 record to 7-0, matching its win total from last season.

There are already postseason implications in this game.  Florida and its 6-0 conference record can clinch a spot in the SEC Championship Game by beating No. 13 Georgia next week.

The Gators' defense held the Gamecocks to just 191 total yards, including an impressive minus-1 yards in the 3rd quarter.

Star running back Marcus Lattimore did not start the game because of a hip injury.  He managed only three carries for 13 yards.

South Carolina lost its second straight game and fell to 6-2 overall, 4-2 in the SEC.

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