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Florida QB Jeff Driskel has appendectomy

Tuesday - 7/30/2013, 5:35pm  ET

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2012 file photo, Florida head coach Will Muschamp holds up his arms as fans cheer as he walks off the field after defeating LSU 14-6 in an NCAA college football game in Gainesville, Fla.Florida has given Muschamp a raise after an 11-win season. School president Bernie Machen and athletic director Jeremy Foley upped Muschamp's salary $250,000 annually, making him the seventh-highest-paid coach in the Southeastern Conference. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel could miss the first two weeks of fall practice while recovering from an appendectomy.

Driskel, a junior entering his second year as Florida's starter, underwent surgery Tuesday at Shands Hospital on campus.

Coach Will Muschamp says surgery went well, adding "how long he is out will be determined by how his body responds, which could be two weeks."

Muschamp says: "Jeff had acute appendicitis and fortunately the medical staff caught it very quickly."

Driskel, a 6-foot-4, 237-pounder from Oviedo, threw for 1,646 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He also ran for more than 400 yards and had four rushing TDs.

Florida's backup is fourth-year junior Tyler Murphy, who has played in three games. The Gators also have redshirt freshman Skyler Mornhinweg and freshman Max Staver.


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