Redshirt freshman Will Grier will earn his second consecutive start when the Florida Gators travel to Lexington, Kentucky to take on the Kentucky Wildcats this Saturday in their Southeastern Conference opener.
In his first career start last week against East Carolina, Grier completed 10-of-17 pass attempts for 151 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Coming off of the bench in the season opener against New Mexico State Grier completed 16-of-18 passing attempts for 166 yards and two touchdowns.
Head coach Jim McElwain said on Wednesday that both quarterbacks would play this week against Kentucky but he did, finally, say that he would like to be able to stick with one quarterback if they have the hot hand.
McElwain is looking for more consistency out of his quarterbacks. He liked how Grier led the offense in a two minute drive against New Mexico State but has also lamented about some accuracy issues Grier had in his first drive of the game and of the second half against ECU. Treon Harris — who started the season opener — has struggled with his decision making in the red zone, something McElwain wants to see the sophomore clean up.
“I don’t think we opened fast at all with either guy,” said McElwain. “I think Will closed the first game with that two-minute drive, I thought, pretty well. I thought Treon opened up a little better when he got in the second half maybe than Will did. You saw those couple throws that we had early in that East Carolina game right off the bat.”
This will be Grier’s first conference game, first start on the road and his first start against an SEC opponent.