Jeff Driskel

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Jeff Driskel
Free agent
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1993-04-23) April 23, 1993 (age 26)
Oviedo, Florida
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school:Oviedo (FL) Hagerty
College:Louisiana Tech
Florida
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 6 / Pick: 207
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Passing yards:1,003
TDINT:6–2
Passer rating:82.2
Rushing yards:130
Rushing touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com

Jeffrey Driskel (born April 23, 1993) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Florida and Louisiana Tech. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Driskel attended Paul J. Hagerty High School in Oviedo, Florida. During his high school career, he threw for 4,844 yards and 36 touchdowns. As a senior in 2010, he was the Maxwell Football Club National High School Player of the Year and the Gatorade Florida Player of the Year.[1][2] He was ranked as the best pro-style quarterback recruit in his class by Rivals.com and Scout.com.[3][4]

College career[edit]

Florida[edit]

Driskel accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Will Muschamp's Florida Gators football team. As a freshman, Driskel appeared in five games, completing 16 of 34 passes for 148 yards with two interceptions. He became the team's starter as a sophomore in 2012. He led them to an 11–2 record and a berth in the 2013 Sugar Bowl, in which Florida lost to the Louisville Cardinals.[5]

After starting three games in 2013, Driskel broke his right fibula in a game against the University of Tennessee and missed the remainder of the season.[6] He returned from the injury in 2014 and kept his starting job to start the season but was later benched in favor of Treon Harris.[7][8]

Louisiana Tech[edit]

On January 3, 2015, Driskel was granted a release from Florida and he transferred to Louisiana Tech University.[9] In his lone season at Louisiana Tech, he passed for 4,033 yards with 27 touchdowns.

College statistics[edit]

Passing
Year Team GP Cmp Att Pct Yards TDs Int
2011 Florida 5 16 34 47.1 148 0 2
2012 Florida 12 156 245 63.7 1,646 12 5
2013 Florida 3 42 61 68.9 477 2 3
2014 Florida 9 114 212 53.8 1,140 9 10
2015 Louisiana Tech 13 279 448 62.3 4,026 27 8
College Totals 42 607 1,000 60.7 7,437 50 28

Baseball[edit]

Despite not playing baseball since high school, Driskel was selected by the Boston Red Sox with the 863rd pick of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft.[10] Driskel signed a contract,[11] but he has no plans to stop playing football.[12]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad Wonderlic
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
234 lb
(106 kg)
33 12 in
(0.85 m)
9 34 in
(0.25 m)
4.56 s 1.65 s 2.71 s 4.25 s 7.19 s 32 in
(0.81 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
29[13]
All values from NFL Combine,[14]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Driskel was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft with the 207th overall pick.[15] The 49ers previously traded tight end Vernon Davis to the Denver Broncos in exchange for the pick used to select Driskel. On May 5, 2016, the 49ers signed him to a four-year, $2.45 million contract with a signing bonus of $112,539.[16] Driskel began training camp as the No. 4 quarterback on the depth chart.[17] After a season-ending injury to Thad Lewis, Driskel competed with Christian Ponder for the third-string quarterback position. On September 3, 2016, he was waived by the 49ers.[18]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Driskel was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals on September 4, 2016.[19] He began the season as the Bengals' third quarterback on their depth chart behind veterans Andy Dalton and AJ McCarron.

On September 4, 2017, Driskel was placed on injured reserve.[20]

Driskel made his regular season NFL debut on October 21, 2018 in relief of Andy Dalton in the fourth quarter in the final minutes of a 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, completing all four of his pass attempts for 39 yards.[21] In Week 12, against the Cleveland Browns, Dalton was injured and out for the season with a thumb injury.[22] Driskel came into the game in relief and threw his first professional touchdown to Tyler Boyd. In addition, he added a late rushing touchdown in the 35–20 loss.[23] He started the last five games of the season for the Bengals. He went 1–4 and passed for 764 yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions in the five starts.[24]

Driskel was placed on injured reserve on August 31, 2019.[25] He was waived from injured reserve with an injury settlement on September 11.[26]

NFL statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacked Fumbles
GP GS Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD Sck SckY FUM Lost
2018 CIN 9 5 105 176 59.7 1,003 5.7 6 2 82.2 25 130 5.2 2 16 122 4 1
Career 9 5 105 176 59.7 1,003 5.7 6 2 82.2 25 130 5.2 2 16 122 4 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jeff Driskel Maxwell Football Club National High School Player of the Year". Archived from the original on November 2, 2014. Retrieved October 14, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^ "Driskel named state player of the year". Gatorsports.com. Archived from the original on October 18, 2014. Retrieved October 14, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ "Rivals.com". Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  4. ^ "Recruiting Football Team News, Scout". recruiting.scout.com.
  5. ^ "Florida names QB Jeff Driskel starter". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  6. ^ "Gators Lose Driskel for Season; Teammates Disappointed for Junior Signal-Caller". Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  7. ^ Thompson, Edgar. "Gators QB Jeff Driskel embraces new role with team".
  8. ^ "Florida benches QB Jeff Driskel, will start freshman Treon Harris against Georgia next week". October 22, 2014.
  9. ^ "Ex-Gators QB Driskel transfers to La. Tech".
  10. ^ "Page Not Found - Orlando Sentinel".
  11. ^ "Jeff Driskel of Florida Gators signs contract with Boston Red Sox – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  12. ^ Sox Prospects.com. Retrieved on May 18, 2015.
  13. ^ McGinn, Bob (April 20, 2016). "Rating the NFL draft prospects: Quarterbacks". JSOnline.com. Archived from the original on March 23, 2017. Retrieved June 16, 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Jeff Driskel". National Football League.
  15. ^ "2016 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  16. ^ "Spotrac.com: Jeff Driskel contract". Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  17. ^ Florio, Mike (June 12, 2016). "Jeff Driskel, future 49ers starting quarterback?". profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  18. ^ "49ers Release 20 Players, Announce Other Roster Moves". 49ers.com. September 3, 2016. Archived from the original on September 6, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  19. ^ "Bengals claim quarterback Jeff Driskel off waivers from SF". foxsports.com. September 4, 2016. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  20. ^ "Bengals Player Moves: Driskel to IR, Toner and Shelton to practice squad". Bengals.com. September 4, 2017. Archived from the original on September 7, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  21. ^ Sconzo, Alyssa (October 22, 2018). "Bengals vs. Chiefs: Score, results, highlights from Kansas City's win". www.sportingnews.com. Sporting News.
  22. ^ "Bengals place Andy Dalton on injured reserve". SI.com. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  23. ^ "Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals - November 25th, 2018". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  24. ^ "Jeff Driskel 2018 Game Log (Weeks 13–17)". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  25. ^ "Bengals Announce 53-Man Roster". Bengals.com. August 31, 2019. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  26. ^ "Bengals Waive Jeff Driskel". Bengals.com. September 11, 2019. Retrieved September 11, 2019.

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