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Written by Nick de la Torre, September 2, 2015, 4 Comments,
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The wait is over for the Florida Gators. Jim McElwain has named a starter for the season opener and it will be sophomore quarterback Treon Harris over redshirt freshman Will Grier.

“We’re going to go ahead and start Treon in this ballgame at quarterback. Will obviously will play. As we said, someone starts; someone comes in, both of them I feel deserving of it. Both of them had a really good spring and fall and we’re excited about seeing those guys play. So we’ll go ahead and do it that way.”

Harris played in nine games for the Florida Gators during his freshman season in 2014, taking over as the starting quarterback for the final six games. Harris completed 55-of-111 pass attempts for 1,019 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions, while leading the Gators to a 4-2 record as a starter.

McElwain has been hesitant to name a starter since he took over the program and even though Harris will get the start on Saturday, the quarterbacks will continue to be evaluated throughout the week and especially in what they are able to do against New Mexico State on Saturday.

“I guess this is where I’m really interested to see it in The Swamp when it’s for real,” said McElwain. “I don’t think we can truly answer those questions until we get into the stadium.”

Harris missed time in the spring dealing with a death in the family and McElwain admitted that he had fallen behind Grier due to the missed time. Gator Country has learned that Harris has improved his attitude, he’s been the first guy in and the last guy out, putting in extra work with the coaches and in the film room and really made up a lot of ground and a good impression on the coaching staff.

The starter is named for one week. Grier will hope to change that notion with his play on Saturday and Harris will do what he can to ensure that the title of starting quarterback of the Florida Gators remains next to his name.

There is a long way to go, but at least the picture for Saturday became a little clearer today.

“Treon’s going to start the football game. Will’s going to play in that game a lot, too. This is still a, it’s a painting in progress. We’ve got to figure out what the backdrop is going to be.”

Nick de la Torre

About Nick de la Torre

A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC

  1. scooterpSeptember 2, 2015, 8:47 pm

    Probably the right call if it’s as close as we’ve hearing. With Treons game experience and all the emotion that will be flowing through the swamp at the opening kickoff, sounds like a smart move. Then ease Will into the game as it progresses.

  2. yercrazySeptember 3, 2015, 10:48 am

    I am proud of your extreme bravery to actually report Harris being named the starter. I think that you and Andrew are now experiencing the 5 stages of grief. Denial is the first. Then anger. You may have reached the bargaining stage by now. That’s when you are telling yourself that Harris is not really the starter, it’s just a ploy, mistake, etc. Then comes depression and after that, finally, acceptance. Here’s a post from another site that sums up situation well.

    WILL GRIER IS THE BEST QB EVER AND WILL NEVER GET A CHANCE BECAUSE THE ILLUMINATI WANTS TREON HARRIS TO START AND HE ALREADY HAD HIS CHANCE AND IS THE WORST AND I AM BETTER AT UNDERSTANDING THIS THAN A PERSON BEING PAID $4 MILLION A YEAR SPECIFICALLY TO EVALUATE THIS SORT OF THING

    I think this decision should give you pause before making any proclamations before someone actually plays a down. Will Grier may be a great quarterback. You shouldn’t expect a redshirt freshman quarterback to be great immediately. The two redshirt Freshmen that won the Heisman are an anomaly.
    I know this decision has shaken up folks, but I’ll remind you that the most important asset a quarterback has is above the neck, not below. If physical characteristics were the most important thing, Grier would be on the bench anyway and watching Driskel play this year.

    • scooterpSeptember 3, 2015, 11:34 am

      I’m not sure what your point was with this post? Both are good, everyone acknowledges that they both bring some good skill sets to the table. Will seems to be a better pure QB…but Treon, while his upside is limited in the throwing game, showed a lot of moxy as a true freshman last year when he had to bale Driskel out at Neyland in front front of a 100k plus Vol fans who were foaming at the mouth. No one is bad mouthing either choice except for you. I just can’t understand which one it is.

  3. yercrazySeptember 3, 2015, 12:12 pm

    Scooterp I guess you haven’t noticed the almost unanimous prediction by fans and the “experts” that have anointed Will Grier as UF’s starter. Treon Harris has been treated like a red-headed stepchild> He’s UF’s returning starter and it’s like no one even knows him. As for you saying “everyone knows” that they are both good quarterbacks etc. That’s not true, I am part of “everyone” and have never been on the Will Grier bandwagon because I think you actually have to play a down, in a real game against someone other than the awful team UF opens up with, before making a judgement about someone’s ability.
    There has been a man crush over Grier by a lot of folks. But Harris being named the starter shows it was irrational and not based on anything real. Grier may be a great quarterback that is not mentally ready right now. McElwain may see greater potential in the future with Grier. But you can ruin a quarterback if you throw him to the wolves too early, in college or the NFL. But, regardless of the reasons, it’s clear that McElwain, for the time being, thinks Harris is a better quarterback. I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon. Playing against a team as bad as New Mexico State is not any type of test. Both players should be great when you’re going up against something not much different than going up against air.

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The wait is over for the Florida Gators. Jim McElwain has named a starter for the season opener and it will be sophomore quarterback Treon Harris over redshirt freshman Will Grier.

“We’re going to go ahead and start Treon in this ballgame at quarterback. Will obviously will play. As we said, someone starts; someone comes in, both of them I feel deserving of it. Both of them had a really good spring and fall and we’re excited about seeing those guys play. So we’ll go ahead and do it that way.”

Harris played in nine games for the Florida Gators during his freshman season in 2014, taking over as the starting quarterback for the final six games. Harris completed 55-of-111 pass attempts for 1,019 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions, while leading the Gators to a 4-2 record as a starter.

McElwain has been hesitant to name a starter since he took over the program and even though Harris will get the start on Saturday, the quarterbacks will continue to be evaluated throughout the week and especially in what they are able to do against New Mexico State on Saturday.

“I guess this is where I’m really interested to see it in The Swamp when it’s for real,” said McElwain. “I don’t think we can truly answer those questions until we get into the stadium.”

Harris missed time in the spring dealing with a death in the family and McElwain admitted that he had fallen behind Grier due to the missed time. Gator Country has learned that Harris has improved his attitude, he’s been the first guy in and the last guy out, putting in extra work with the coaches and in the film room and really made up a lot of ground and a good impression on the coaching staff.

The starter is named for one week. Grier will hope to change that notion with his play on Saturday and Harris will do what he can to ensure that the title of starting quarterback of the Florida Gators remains next to his name.

There is a long way to go, but at least the picture for Saturday became a little clearer today.

“Treon’s going to start the football game. Will’s going to play in that game a lot, too. This is still a, it’s a painting in progress. We’ve got to figure out what the backdrop is going to be.”

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