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A Boston reporter gave Florida fans a few nervous moments when he reported Wednesday that Gators starting quarterback Jeff Driskel had signed with the Red Sox.
Alex Speier of WEEI Radio tweeted news of Driskel’s signing Wednesday.
The quarterback’s father, Jerry Driskel, later confirmed the signing, but said it’s only a fallback plan.
Driskel, who was selected by the Sox in the 29th round of last month’s MLB Draft, will continue to play football for the Gators.
“Heck yeah he signed,” Jerry Driskel told the Orlando Sentinel. “If football doesn’t work out, he’ll play baseball, but he’s still playing football [at Florida next season].”
The only thing he forfeits by signing the contract is his college baseball eligibility, but that is a non-factor.
Jerry Driskel told the Sentinel that the Red Sox will only retain the Florida quarterback’s rights until he’s ready to make a decision between football and baseball. He expects Florida to release a statement Thursday morning clarifying the situation.
Jeff Driskel was a two-sport star at Oviedo (Fla.) Hagarty High.
On draft day, Driskel said that he was surprised by the selection, tweeting, “Got drafted by the Red Sox today. Did not see that coming.”
Photo: Wade Payne / Associated Press