Jeff Driskel

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Jeff Driskel
No. 6 Cincinnati Bengals
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1993-04-23) April 23, 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth: Oviedo, Florida
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 234 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school: Oviedo (FL) Hagerty
College: Louisiana Tech
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 6 / Pick: 207
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Jeffrey M. Driskel (born April 23, 1993) is an American football quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). 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 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]

University of 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 Teddy Bridgewater and 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 his 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-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 in 234 lb 33½ in 9¾ in 4.56 s 1.65 s 2.71 s 4.25 s 7.19 s 32 in 10 ft 2 in
All values from NFL Combine,[13]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Driskel was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

On May 5, 2016, the San Francisco 49ers signed Driskel to a four-year, $2.45 million contract with a signing bonus of $112,539.[14]

He began training camp competing with Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert for the starting quarterback position. After a season-ending injury to Thad Lewis, Driskel competed with Christian Ponder for the third backup quarterback position. On September 3, 2016, he was waived by the 49ers.[15]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

He was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals on September 4, 2016.[16] Driskel began the season as the Bengal's third quarterback on their depth chart behind veterans Andy Dalton and A.J. McCarron.

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