Driskel named starter in wake of Harris suspension


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KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 4: Jeff Driskel #6 of the Florida Gators throws a pass during the first half of the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Jeff Driskel has been named the Florida Gators starting quarterback for Saturday’s matchup against LSU.

This announcement came just days after quarterback Treon Harris was suspended while authorities investigate sexual assault allegations against him. Harris has also been suspended from all team activities during the investigation.

The University of Florida said that Harris was accused by a female student of sexually assaulting her around 3 a.m. Sunday, less than a day after Harris led the Florida Gators back from a 0-9 deficit to beat Tennessee 10-9. The woman said Harris had sexually assaulted her after they arrived in their home at the Springs. According to those familiar to the investigation, the evidence collected in the investigation was collected from Harris’ room


“We have no tolerance for sexual assault on our campus,” President Bernie Machen said in a statement. “The university is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for every member of the UF community. We must strive to protect all of our students from sexual harassment and assault, and do everything in our power to promote a safe learning environment.”

The Florida Gators (3-1) will take on LSU (4-2) at home on Saturday.

By Brandon Wilson