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Driskel speaks for first time since appendectomy

Gators QB attends UF Media Day two days after emergency surgery

Jeff Driskel talks with the media after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Tuesday.
Jeff Driskel talks with the media after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Tuesday.

GAINESVILLE – Two days after going through an emergency appendectomy, Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel met with the media on the eve of fall camp.

"Obviously I'd like to be out there but the reps with those other guys will help them, and if anything does happen to me down the road during the season, those other guys will be ready," said Driskel.

Driskel said he started feeling sick on Monday and woke up on Tuesday morning with severe stomach pains.

"He said he had a stomach ache," said head coach Will Muschamp.  "I hoped he ate a bad cheeseburger, but it wasn't."

Driskel is expected to miss two weeks while recovering from surgery. But he could have missed a lot more time if his appendix ruptured.

"Appendicitis can get bad if you don't take care of it, so I just wanted to take care of it and get it out of the way," said Driskel. "After everything settled, I was a little bummed out that I'm going to have to miss a little bit of camp, but that's part of it."

Redshirt junior Tyler Murphy will fill-in for the Gators in Driskel's absence when Florida opens fall camp on Friday.