The quarterback competition has been pretty intense for the Florida Gators over the summer. Both Treon Harris and Will Grier have been battling for the starting job this season and it looks like we now know who will be playing in the opening game; both of them.
According to ESPN, head coach Jim McElwain announced that both Harris and Grier will get the opportunity to start in the opening game this season. This is going to give the team a good feel of who can take the starting job for the foreseeable future.
“It will play itself out,” said McElwain, who has not named a starter. “Like I’ve said, and I mean this, you guys keep pushing for this, but there isn’t a timetable. The timetable is figure out a way to win the football game with whoever is moving the team at that position and getting the right parts at the other positions as well.
McElwain talked about being pleased with what he has seen in practice during fall camp, but he still needs a little more. He is using the opener against New Mexico State to do just that.
“By no means am I displeased with what they’re doing. But we still need to see in live action how the people around them, how they elevate the play of the people around them.”
In 2014, Harris took over for the unproductive Jeff Driskel and threw for 1,019 yards and nine touchdowns while running for 338 yards and three scores. Grier redshirted with the Gators last season, so Harris has the upperhand when it comes to experience.
The two players both bring very different styles of play to the table for Florida, so it will be interesting to see how the can make things flow to begin the season.
“In each guy’s case, there might be two or three (plays) that might be the same on their call list,” McElwain said. “Yet there might be another three or four that are different, so you know what, you’re going to lean in this situation on this guy because it’s really something he’s comfortable with, which might not be the same on the other list. You get a great feel for their execution of certain concepts and then feed it from there.”
The Gators open the season at home against New Mexico State on Sept. 5.
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