“I was like, let’s go talk to Jeff,” Nagel said, laughing.
The joking Nagel didn’t expect a response from his quarterback, but had Jason put Nagel on the phone with Jeff Driskel, Nagel certainly wouldn’t have passed up the opportunity for some opposition research.
After starting his career at Florida, Jeff Driskel transferred Louisiana Tech, where he led the Bulldogs to the 2015 New Orleans Bowl title.
Jeff graduated following the 2015 season, was drafted by San Francisco and now resides on the Cincinnati Bengals roster.
The brothers don’t talk much during the season, but they did chat on Monday – without Nagel present.
“It was more just catching up with him,” Driskel said. “I hadn’t talked to him for a while.”
Jason said that even if his brother were inclined to share some inside information, he is no longer privy to the juicy details.
“Most of the guys that he played with aren’t there any more,” Jason Driskel said. “Defensive coordinator still there. I think they’re doing things a little differently schematically then they were when he was there.”
With Saturday’s game being the first time FAU will face Louisiana Tech, and with Jeff having already left Florida for Louisiana Tech when the Owls took the Gators to overtime in 2015, the brothers never faced each other in a college game.
Jeff Driskel did have the opportunity to see his younger play on television in Friday’s 30-25 victory over Marshall.
Prior to the game Jeff tweeted:
I’m an FAU fan for the night. Excited to get to watch @JDriskel16 play.
— Daniel Vogelbach (@DanielVogelbach) November 3, 2017
“It was nice,” Jason Driskel said. “Obviously the game being on TV he got a chance to watch it. Friday night probably helped, too.”
The Jason Driskel-led Owls have won five consecutive games heading to Louisiana and are bowl eligible for the first time since 2013.
Having one son play at La. Tech and another currently playing for FAU, isn’t expected to present a rooting dilemma for Driskel’s parents.
“I don’t think there’s any allegiance to La. Tech,” Jason Driskel said, before pausing. “I don’t think. I don’t know. It’s probably a better question for them.”