Jim McElwain: Treon Harris, Will Grier must ‘take ownership’

It’s no secret that the Florida Gators’ offense is one of the more young and inexperienced offenses in the country. Despite being young, the offense had its bright moments against the team’s stout defense in practice on Sunday afternoon. The one position that head coach Jim McElwain wants to see improve is the most important on the offense.

According to The Orlando Sentinel, McElwain has been playing both Treon Harris and Will Grier with the first-team offense at quarterback to see how they perform under intense pressure against each other. Harris was in the starting role for most of the 2014 season, throwing for 1,014 yards and nine touchdowns. Grier comes in as a redshirt freshman this year. You can see where the coaching staff would be worried about the two of them.

McElwain talked about the starting spot at quarterback and how both of them have provided a spark for the offense.

“That probably had something to do with it,” McElwain said. “I don’t know that the defense would have said it was a great day. I thought that there was some real spark there.”

According to the head coach, Harris shined while in the redzone and Grier did better in two-minute drills. While they both had their strong points, neither Harris or Grier have stepped up above the other to claim the starting role.

“I feel comfortable with both of them and we’ll see after this (week),” he said. “I haven’t put a deadline if that’s what you’re asking. What I wanna do is I wanna see them take ownership.”

The Gators have played a two-quarterback system in the past with Chris Leak and former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow during the team’s national championship run in 2006. Could we be on the verge of another such run?

The Gators open the season on September 5 when they host New Mexico State.

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