The Florida Gators turned to freshman quarterback Treon Harris last week in Knoxville Tennessee to spark a comeback and extend the school’s record 10-game winning streak over the rival Vols.
Monday’s news that Harris is involved in allegations of sexual battery has caused the University Athletic Association and team to suspend Harris from all team activities until further notice.
Following Florida’s win, Will Muschamp sang a different tune about the quarterback situation and while the head coach didn’t name a starter for this week’s game against LSU, many thought Harris would get the nod after Driskel was removed from the game after starting 11-23 (47.8%) with three interceptions.
The decision to pull Driskel was made with Harris in mind. Harris has been taking all of the second team reps and worked with the first team prior to the Tennessee game. The next quarterback up, freshman Will Grier, has not traveled with the team or been practicing fully due to back spasms.
However, Grier tweeted on Sunday that he has been cleared to return to practice.
All of the news on Monday leaves an already foggy quarterback situation at Florida even more muddled. Will Muschamp and Kurt Roper had previously stated that Driskel have the Gators the best chance to win. Harris was being groomed as the backup and Grier appeared to be heading for a redshirt, even before his back issues popped up.
What does the team do now?
Enrolling early there were two things that Grier needed to do. First, the slender quarterback needed to add weight to his frame. Grier has done that and is around 200-pounds currently.
The second was get into the playbook and get ready to run the offense.
The latter has been slowed down in part due to Harris’ emergence and seizing of the backup job and two, the back issues that have kept Grier off of the practice field.
Currently, Grier is not ready to run the offense in a game.
That means it’s time for Gators fans to rally around the embattled Driskel.
Driskel’s play has drawn the scorn of Gator Nation. Not all of Florida’s shortcoming have been Driskel’s fault but in football, the quarterback gets more praise than they deserves and bear the brunt of the blame when things go poorly.
We don’t know how long it will take to sort out the Treon Harris investigation, what the outcome will be or if he will ever play for the Gators again. LSU doesn’t care who starts this week for the Gators. They’re trying to win a football game, the same as Florida.
Jeff Driskel will be the starting quarterback at the University of Florida this week when they take on the LSU Tigers. Despite how you feel about Driskel, now is the time to rally around the redshirt quarterback.