Driskel brothers combine for a rare football milestone


ASN-FAU-Game-FactsBrothers have been teammates, competed in the same conference and even played the same position. For example:

  • Eli Manning played quarterback in the Southeastern Conference, same as older brother Peyton — Peyton at Tennessee (1994-97) and Eli at Mississippi (2003-03).
  • Jordan Palmer didn’t play in the same conference as older brother Carson, but both played quarterback — Carson at Southern California (1998-2002) and Jordan at UTEP (2003-06).

But brothers playing quarterback in the same conference on consecutive nights?

It happened Friday when Florida Atlantic turned to redshirt freshman Jason Driskel after starting quarterback Jaquez Johnson was injured against Miami (Fla.). The Owls lost 44-20, but Jason threw for 255 yards and a touchdown and had more yards and completions in the first half than Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya, last year’s Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year.

The night before, older brother Jeff, a graduate transfer in his final year of eligibility, threw for 357 yards in Louisiana Tech’s 41-38 loss at Western Kentucky.

“Jason Driskel did a heck of a job,” FAU head coach Charlie Partridge said. “He threw some nice balls. Jason shows that we do have some depth at quarterback and Jason showed he could do some good things.”

Johnson’s status is uncertain for Saturday’s game against Buffalo at noon ET on ASN. So Jason could make his first start for the Owls the same day Jeff leads Louisiana Tech against Kansas State. That would give the brothers an opportunity to bolster an impressive combined quarterback rating of 150.7 (57-of-93 passing for 786 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions).

But they will not face each other this season, unless Florida Atlantic and Louisiana Tech reach Conference USA’s championships game. Expectations are higher for the Bulldogs, preseason favorites to win CUSA’s East Division, than the Owls. But Jeff is not concerned with expectations, a lesson he learned in four seasons at the University of Florida.

Any advice for Jason?

“Advice to him would be don’t let people compare him to me,” Jeff said. “That’s gonna be the obvious first thing that people are gonna want to do. But we’re totally different people, totally different players.

“Just have fun with it. Go out and work hard. Be serious about it, but at the end of the day, don’t let your identity be found in football.”

Above: Jason Driskel passed for 255 yards against Miami (Fla.) the night after older brother Jeff passed for 357 yards against Western Kentucky. (Photo courtesy of FAU Athletics)

Mike Bambach

Mike Bambach is senior web producer for Americansportsnet.com.