Florida QB Jeff Driskel transferring to Louisiana Tech

Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) will use his final year of college eligibility at Louisiana Tech.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If you know Jeff Driskel or have spent any time around him, his message to Florida fans should not surprise you.

Driskel is leaving in classy fashion.

Florida’s starting quarterback at the start of the season, Driskel lost his job to Treon Harris late in the season and made his final appearance for the Gators on Saturday in Florida’s 28-20 victory over East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl.

On Monday morning Driskel confirmed that he is departing the program after four seasons and will play at Louisiana Tech in 2015. He plans to enroll at Louisiana Tech in March.

Before starting the next phase of his career, the fourth-year junior from Oviedo provided the University Athletic Association with a statement regarding his future and his career with the Gators.

"There have been rumors going around that I am going to leave the University of Florida and transfer to Louisiana Tech University for my fifth and final year of eligibility. This is indeed true, and I look forward to the upcoming chapter of my life,"’ Driskel said. "I have nothing but good things to say about the University of Florida and the football program there.

"I am grateful for the opportunities that have been presented to me over the course of the past four years. Although things did not play out on the field as I would have liked, I have no regrets on the choice I made to attend UF. Again, I appreciate everything that my coaches, teammates, strength coaches, athletic trainers, equipment staff, academic staff, fans, and the University of Florida have done for me."

Driskel arrived at UF in the spring of 2011 as one of the nation’s top prep quarterbacks out of Hagerty High in Oviedo. In 29 career games at UF, Driskel threw for 3,411 yards, 23 touchdowns, 20 interceptions and completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 644 yards and nine touchdowns.

Driskel joins a Louisiana Tech program led by former East Carolina and USF coach Skip Holtz, who led the Bulldogs to a 9-5 record and Heart of Dallas Bowl victory over Illinois last week.