Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain expressed his confidence in Treon Harris as his starting quarterback ahead of this week's LSU game.

Florida’s Jim McElwain expresses confidence in Treon Harris

The Florida Gators received the disappointing news that starting quarterback Will Grier would be suspended for the remainder of the 2015 college football season due to PED’s. Treon Harris is the next man up at the quarterback position for the Gators and head coach Jim McElwain expressed confidence in his young quarterback ahead of this week’s huge game against the LSU Tigers.

McElwain on QB Treon Harris — "football is very important to him and more important to him this football team is important to him."

— Kevin Brockway (@gatorhoops) October 14, 2015

McElwain says QB Treon Harris has remain engaged, done a really good job of "preparing like a starter."

— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) October 14, 2015

Harris is a sophomore and showed last season that he has a solid arm as well. He isn’t quite the type of quarterback that can power his team to victories, but he is more than capable of helping them to those wins.

In the limited playing time that he has received this season, Harris completed 70.4 percent of his passes for 269 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Those numbers show that he is more than capable of making plays with his arms, but he has to be careful to take care of the football. If he can take care of the football this week, the Gators certainly could pull off the huge win over their SEC rival Tigers.

McElwain may be showing confidence to the media, but he has to be nervous about this week’s game with a different starting quarterback.

At 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, Harris is extremely undersized but is also athletic and can make plays with his legs. He picked up 63 yards on 10 carries in the early season action that he had, which proves that fact.

Expect to see Harris come out and prove that he is a more than capable starting quarterback, although it doesn’t seem too likely that the Gators will come out on top of LSU.

Florida will kick off against LSU at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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