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Monday June 10, 2013Driskel surprised to be drafted by Red Sox

Updated: 6:42pm, June 10

Driskel GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Jeff Driskel got word Saturday night.

His fans heard about it not long afterward, via the @jeffdriskel account on Twitter.

"Got drafted by the Red Sox today. Did not see that coming."

No one did ... except maybe the Red Sox.

Driskel, Florida’s incumbent starting quarterback, was taken by Boston in the 29th round (the 863rd overall selection) of the MLB Draft.

The UF junior was eligible for the draft because he enrolled at Florida in January 2011 after graduating early from Oviedo Hagerty, leaving him the MLB-required three classes removed from high school.

Because Driskel was taking part in spring football practice in 2011, he obviously wasn’t playing baseball at Hagerty, where as a junior outfielder and pitcher he hit .330, stole 22 bases and clocked a 94-mph fastball. That was enough -- even three years ago -- for some scouts in Beantown to lobby on the 6-foot-4, 236-pound Driskel’s behalf, based on pure down-the-line potential.

That, or maybe the Red Sox were just throwing UF athletic director Jeremy Foley, the franchise's No. 1 fan on campus, a proverbial bone.

Bottom line: Driskel was as flattered as he was flabbergasted by the news.

But he’s a football player. 

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