Jim McElwain comments on Gators’ QB situation

The Florida Gators played a little mix-and-match at quarterback over their first two games, with first-year coach Jim McElwain starting Treon Harris in Week 1 against New Mexico State, but giving Will Grier the starting opportunity against East Carolina last weekend.

But now things are different. Florida opens its SEC season against Kentucky on Saturday night, and there has been zero indication given as to who the starting man under center will be. However, McElwain shed some light on the subject when speaking to reporters recently. Both Jordan McPherson of the Orlando Sentinel and Scott Carter of Gator Zone reported his comments on Twitter.

McElwain says staff will further evaluate QBs tonight and Thursday. He foresees both guys playing.

— Scott Carter (@GatorsScott) September 16, 2015

No starting QB named. McElwain still foresees both playing. "The partnership has been good. The team has settled into it." #Gators

— Jordan McPherson (@J_McPherson1126) September 16, 2015

McElwain on QBs: "I don't think we opened fast with either guy." Both first drives ended in punts. #Gators

— Jordan McPherson (@J_McPherson1126) September 16, 2015

Thus, it looks like the offense-oriented McElwain will continue to play both men at the position until one outperforms the other consistently, or until simply playing the matchups is no longer an option. It’s really a case of which man is the better option per week, thinking about it now. Grier is a dual-threat quarterback with a stronger pocket presence, while Harris is more like former Gator quarterback Chris Leak in that his stronger weapons are his legs.

Given how Kentucky has started the season 2-0 and is coached by the defense-oriented Mark Stoops, McElwain had better choose wisely if the Gators want to up their record to 3-0.

Kickoff is set to happen in Lexington at 7 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.

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