Gators to start Will Grier at QB against East Carolina

As the Jim McElwain era at the University of Florida continues, it appears the coach is playing a little mix-and-match at quarterback. Per a statement on the program’s official website, which was reported by John Taylor of NBC Sports’ College Football talk, Will Grier will start under center instead of Treon Harris against East Carolina on Saturday.

Keep in mind, this isn’t to say that Grier will be at quarterback from start to finish this weekend. After all, in the season opener against New Mexico State last Saturday, Harris completed 14 of 19 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns while adding 23 yards on the ground. Grier then came in once the game was a blowout and completed 15 of 17 pass attempts for 164 yards and two touchdowns while adding 43 rush yards and a rushing touchdown as the Gators beat the Aggies 61-13.

Given how McElwain is more of an offense-oriented coach, this could very well just be him seeing which quarterback fits better in his overall system and is the man to play down the stretch. Moreover, though Harris has held his own at the position before, he is a bit on the smaller side at just 5-foot-11, 195 pounds. Grier, on the other hand, has more of a typical QB’s build at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds.

Of course, on game day, Campus Sports will update the Gators’ quarterback situation as the game progresses.

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