The Florida Gators will roll with continuity in their first SEC game of the season this weekend, as it has been announced that redshirt freshman Will Grier will draw a second consecutive start, this time against the Kentucky Wildcats. John Taylor of NBC Sports’ College Football Talk reported the decision.
Grier once again starts in place of Treon Harris, who started the season opener against New Mexico State and completed 14 of 19 throws for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Grier also saw time in that game, completing 16 of 18 pass attempts for 166 yards and two touchdowns as Florida won 61-13.
But Grier got the start the following week against East Carolina and did quite well, going 10 of 17 for 151 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Based on his performances as both a substitute and a starter, it’s obvious that coach Jim McElwain trusts Grier enough to start him in the first conference game of the year.
Grier has a tough task ahead, as Kentucky has started 2-0 and are three-and-a-half point underdogs heading into Saturday’s game. The game is also in Lexington, so Grier will have a hostile crowd to worry about.
But this young man is incredibly talented and was able to hold his own against a feisty East Carolina squad, so McElwain should be comfortable in his decision even if Harris does end up subbing in at some point.
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