Jeff Driskel ‘injury’ news offers plenty of confusion, but few details

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The world of instant news — it can be a good and bad thing.

The supposed injury news surrounding Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel floating through the interwebs on Tuesday was a prime example of the latter. So was the Michael Dyer story.

Driskel, currently competing with Jacoby Brissett for the starting job, reportedly suffered what was initially said to be a “significant shoulder injury” during today’s practice, according Robbie Andreu of the Gainesville Sun. Obviously, that would be a deciding factor in who starts for the Gators this fall.

That turned out not to be the case, apparently. Coach Will Muschamp later released a statement through Gatorsports.com that eased some concerns over Driskel’s reported injury, but kept details to be desired.

“Jeff was at practice today and will be taking reps at practice Wednesday,” Muschamp said.

The statement doesn’t say if Driskel actually took snaps today or yesterday. Andreu went on to report that Driskel suffered an injury over the weekend, although it’s not clear when. In fairness to Andreu, other outlets picked up on the Driskel news as well. However, Muschamp didn’t mention anything about Driskel on Monday during his injury report.

The soonest anyone will get to ask Muschamp about Driskel is on Friday. Seems like a lot of unnecessary confusion, though.

Hopefully, we’ll get an update on Driskel — or, if nothing else, a clarification — sooner rather than later. At that point, we’ll pass it on.

Alabama’s Anderson repeats as Bronko Nagurski award winner

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Alabama outside linebacker Will Anderson Jr. has become the second two-time winner of the Bronko Nagurski Award given to the nation’s top collegiate defensive player.

Anderson was presented the award on Monday night by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

The 6-foot-4, 243-pound Anderson had 10 sacks for the No. 5-ranked Crimson Tide this season. He also won the award last year after recording 17 1/2 sacks.

Anderson, a junior, had two sacks in Alabama’s regular-season win finale against rival Auburn and had his first touchdown when he returned an interception 25 yards against Louisiana-Monroe.

Anderson joins former Northwestern linebacker Pat Fitzgerald as the only two-time winner of the award. Fitzgerald won the award in 1995 and 1996 and later went on to become the head coach at Northwestern.

It’s unclear if Anderson will enter the NFL draft or return to Alabama next season.

FSU standout QB Jordan Travis returning for senior season

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis, the fourth player in school history to account for 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in a single season, is staying in school for his senior year.

Travis made the announcement Monday, the same day hundreds of players across the nation entered the NCAA transfer portal or declared for the NFL draft. Travis chose a different path and could be an early favorite in next year’s Heisman Trophy race.

“So many memories have been made on this field and we’re not done yet,” Travis said in a highlight video posted on social media. “See y’all in 2023.”

A fourth-year junior, Travis has 22 touchdown passes to go along with seven rushing scores, one receiving and just four interceptions. He has led the 13th-ranked Seminoles (9-3) to five consecutive wins as they prepare to play Oklahoma (6-6) in the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 29 in Orlando.

Travis joined FSU’s three Heisman Trophy winners – Charlie Ward in 1993, Chris Weinke in 2000 and Jameis Winston in 2013 – to account for 3,000 yards and 30 TDs in a season. He is one of six QBs in Power Five conferences with at least 20 TD passes and four or fewer interceptions.