Since Tim Tebow’s departure following the 2009 season, Florida has struggled mightily to find a “worthy” successor at quarterback. Granted, it’s hard to adequately replace a quarterback who won a Heisman (which he was nominated for three times) and two National Championships.
Still, the Gators have failed to find even sub-par play out of their quarterbacks in the post-Tebow era.
The struggle to replace Tebow started with John Brantley, then Jeff Driskel—who were both highly regarded prospects and subsequently colossal disappointments—and has now turned into a two-man race between a pair of recruits from the 2014 recruiting class.
Will Grier and Treon Harris, like the two starting quarterbacks who came before before them, were both highly rated recruits coming out of high school (Greir 46th overall and Harris 69th overall according to rivals.com).
Both are now hoping that they aren’t the flops that their predecessors were.
Harris saw the field as a true freshman last season, starting six games and playing well enough to earn all-SEC freshman team honors. Some thought that this experience might give Harris the edge over Grier going into the 2015 season, but it appears as though Grier overtook Harris coming out of Spring.
“Redshirt freshman Will Grier ended the spring ahead of Treon Harris, but this battle will extend into August,” according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
While Grier is a prototypical pocket passer, standing at a solid 6-2 with deceptive mobility, Harris is more Russell-Wilson-esque, standing at 5-11 with solid mobility and, unlike Russell Wilson, accuracy concerns. Grier did look better in the Spring game and seems to fit into first year head coach Jim McElwain’s offense better than Harris, but McElwain is still giving both of them a fair shake heading into the Fall.
All that being said, the only concern for Gator fans right now is winning games. Because of that, whether it’s Grier or Harris, Gator fans can only hope that whoever wins the starting job can translate that winning onto the gridiron.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Gator Country