Jeff Driskel
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1993-04-23) April 23, 1993 (age 27)
Place of birth: Oviedo, Florida
Career information
College: Louisiana Tech
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 6 / Pick: 207
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* San Francisco 49ers ( 2016)*
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Passing yards     1,003
TDINT     6–2
Passer rating     82.2
Rushing yards     130
Rushing touchdowns     2

Jeffrey Driskel (born April 23, 1993) is an American football quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida and Louisiana Tech. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Early yearsEdit

Driskel attended Paul J. Hagerty High School in Oviedo, Florida. During his high school career, he threw for 4,844 yards and 36 touchdowns. As a senior in 2010, he was the Maxwell Football Club National High School Player of the Year and the Gatorade Florida Player of the Year.[1][2] He was ranked as the best pro-style quarterback recruit in his class by and[3][4]

College careerEdit


Driskel accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Will Muschamp's Florida Gators football team. As a freshman, Driskel appeared in five games, completing 16 of 34 passes for 148 yards with two interceptions. He became the team's starter as a sophomore in 2012. He led them to an 11–2 record and a berth in the 2013 Sugar Bowl, in which Florida lost to the Louisville Cardinals.[5]

After starting three games in 2013, Driskel broke his right fibula in a game against the University of Tennessee and missed the remainder of the season.[6] He returned from the injury in 2014 and kept his starting job to start the season but was later benched in favor of Treon Harris.[7][8]

Louisiana TechEdit

On January 3, 2015, Driskel was granted a release from Florida and he transferred to Louisiana Tech University.[9] In his lone season at Louisiana Tech, he passed for 4,033 yards with 27 touchdowns.

College statisticsEdit

Year Team GP Cmp Att Pct Yards TDs Int
2011 Florida 5 16 34 47.1 148 0 2
2012 Florida 12 156 245 63.7 1,646 12 5
2013 Florida 3 42 61 68.9 477 2 3
2014 Florida 9 114 212 53.8 1,140 9 10
2015 Louisiana Tech 13 279 448 62.3 4,026 27 8
College Totals 42 607 1,000 60.7 7,437 50 28


Despite not playing baseball since high school, Driskel was selected by the Boston Red Sox with the 863rd pick of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft.[10] Driskel signed a contract,[11] but he has no plans to stop playing football.[12]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4 in 234 lb 4.56 s 1.65 s 2.71 s 4.25 s 7.19 s 32 in 10 ft 2 in 29[13]

San Francisco 49ersEdit

Driskel was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft with the 207th overall pick.[15] The 49ers previously traded tight end Vernon Davis to the Denver Broncos in exchange for the pick used to select Driskel. On May 5, 2016, the 49ers signed him to a four-year, $2.45 million contract with a signing bonus of $112,539.[16] Driskel began training camp as the No. 4 quarterback on the depth chart.[17] After a season-ending injury to Thad Lewis, Driskel competed with Christian Ponder for the third-string quarterback position. On September 3, 2016, he was waived by the 49ers.[18]

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Driskel was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals on September 4, 2016.[19] He began the season as the Bengals' third quarterback on their depth chart behind veterans Andy Dalton and AJ McCarron.

On September 4, 2017, Driskel was placed on injured reserve.[20]

Driskel made his regular season NFL debut on October 21, 2018 in relief of Andy Dalton in the fourth quarter in the final minutes of a 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, completing all four of his pass attempts for 39 yards.[21] In Week 12, against the Cleveland Browns, Dalton was injured and out for the season with a thumb injury.[22] Driskel came into the game in relief and threw his first professional touchdown to Tyler Boyd. In addition, he added a late rushing touchdown in the 35–20 loss.[23] He started the last five games of the season for the Bengals. He went 1–4 and passed for 764 yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions in the five starts.[24]

Driskel was placed on injured reserve on August 31, 2019.[25]

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacked Fumbles
GP GS Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD Sck SckY FUM Lost
2018 CIN 9 5 105 176 59.7 1,003 5.7 6 2 82.2 25 130 5.2 2 16 122 4 1
Career 9 5 105 176 59.7 1,003 5.7 6 2 82.2 25 130 5.2 2 16 122 4 1


  1. "Jeff Driskel Maxwell Football Club National High School Player of the Year". Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  2. "Driskel named state player of the year". Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  3. "". Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  4. "Recruiting Football Team News, Scout".
  5. "Florida names QB Jeff Driskel starter". Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  6. "Gators Lose Driskel for Season; Teammates Disappointed for Junior Signal-Caller". Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  7. Thompson, Edgar. "Gators QB Jeff Driskel embraces new role with team".
  8. "Florida benches QB Jeff Driskel, will start freshman Treon Harris against Georgia next week". October 22, 2014.
  9. "Ex-Gators QB Driskel transfers to La. Tech".
  10. "Page Not Found - Orlando Sentinel".
  11. "Jeff Driskel of Florida Gators signs contract with Boston Red Sox – ESPN". Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  12. Sox Retrieved on May 18, 2015.
  13. McGinn, Bob (April 20, 2016). "Rating the NFL draft prospects: Quarterbacks". Archived from the original on March 23, 2017. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  14. "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Jeff Driskel". National Football League.
  15. "2016 NFL Draft Listing" (in en).
  16. " Jeff Driskel contract".
  17. Florio, Mike (June 12, 2016). "Jeff Driskel, future 49ers starting quarterback?". Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  18. "49ers Release 20 Players, Announce Other Roster Moves". September 3, 2016.
  19. "Bengals claim quarterback Jeff Driskel off waivers from SF". September 4, 2016. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  20. "Bengals Player Moves: Driskel to IR, Toner and Shelton to practice squad". September 4, 2017.
  21. Sconzo, Alyssa (October 22, 2018). "Bengals vs. Chiefs: Score, results, highlights from Kansas City's win". Sporting News.
  22. "Bengals place Andy Dalton on injured reserve" (in en).
  23. "Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals - November 25th, 2018" (in en).
  24. "Jeff Driskel 2018 Game Log (Weeks 13–17)" (in en).
  25. "Bengals Announce 53-Man Roster". August 31, 2019. Retrieved August 31, 2019.

External linksEdit

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