HOOVER, Ala. - Jeff Driskel paused 10 seconds.
The Florida quarterback knew the question had to be coming Monday. Entering his senior year, it was a chance to reflect. Yet, the answer didn't come easy.
How does Driskel describe his career to this point?
"That's a good question," Driskel said.
Then, he tried his best to explain.
"I just think I haven't lived up to expectations," Driskel said. "That's of fans, and of myself. I think I've put in the time, put in the effort. It just all hasn't worked out for me."
Driskel was rated the No. 1 quarterback nationally out of high school. He was the Maxwell Football Club National High School Player of the Year, and the Gatorade Florida Player of the Year.
So far, he hasn't produced to that level as a college quarterback.
Driskel was off to a promising start last season. He completed 22-of-33 passes for 291 yards against rival Miami, but two interceptions helped lead to a five-point loss. The next week, his season ended with a leg injury against Tennessee. His final play produced a pick-6 for the Vols.
"I think a lot of people last year, just the way I went out, people wrote that off as I was awful," Driskel said. "In the Miami game, which was the game before I got hurt, I threw the ball as well as I have in my whole career. I threw for (almost) 300 yards, (almost) 70 percent completions, 10 explosive plays through the air - just made a couple bad mistakes. So, people have to harp on those, which I don't blame them. I made some red zone errors.
"Then when I went out against Tennessee with a pick-6. That was kind of the last play of the season, something people brought with them."
Driskel wasn't gloom and doom Monday. He accepted responsibility for his past failures, but he is excited for the future.
Florida's offense will open up this season after offensive coordinator Kurt Roper was hired. Driskel said he lined up in shotgun exclusively this spring. This fall, his goal is simple.
"I do think I haven't lived up to some of the expectations, and that's what I want to do this year," Driskel said. "There's still time to do that."
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