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Written by Mark Miller, October 13, 2015, 5 Comments,
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This is football. There will be adversity. Suck it up folks. Quarterback Will Grier made a bad decision and he will pay for it. It’s not like he didn’t know better. He did. Now the Gators have to face some adversity. Some Gator fans are already throwing in the towel on the season. I’m glad the Florida Gators football coaches and players have more resolve than these wimps seem to possess. This season IS NOT suddenly over.

The Florida Gators are 6-0. I do not in the slightest believe that they are undefeated because of Will Grier. Will has played well but, other than the Ole Miss game, Grier has struggled for large sections of every game. The Gators are 6-0 because of Head Coach Jim McElwain, his staff and the job they have done getting every member of this team ready to play every Saturday, including the quarterback position. I believe that this staff will have Treon Harris ready to play and will design a game plan that utilizes Treon’s skills to give the team a chance to win in each and every game. I have heard stupidity like “we will be 2-4 the rest of the way”. Have a little faith in McElwain. Have a little faith in Treon Harris. A year ago, most Gator fans thought Treon was the savior.

What’s being lost in all of the angst and the sound of fainting goats is that the Florida Gators are 6-0 and coming off of a road win against a decent Missouri team where the defense scored enough points on their own to overcome the score they allowed the Tigers. Other than the Ole Miss game, the Florida offense wasn’t exactly soaring with Will Grier. Grier was making enough plays to move the chains and give the defense the needed rest to stay dominant. More importantly, Grier WAS NOT turning the ball over and putting the defense in bad situations. I believe Treon Harris will also make plays. He will likely make them differently than Grier. Treon has not looked as crisp and accurate as Will but Treon does improvise well during a play. That particular talent may come in quite useful against LSU. The most important thing will be not turning the ball over.

The “plan to win” for the LSU game has not changed at all. The Florida Gators were never going to win that game unless they find a way to slow down Leonard Fournette and force the Tigers to attack the nation’s best secondary through the air. That will still decide the outcome of this game. There is some myth going around that LSU has this great defense. The Tigers have given up at least 19 points in every game they’ve played this year. I believe that both of these teams will score somewhere in the twenties Saturday. I have believed that this was a winnable game for the Gators all season long and I still believe that. Florida has the defensive talent to slow down the LSU running game. Coach McElwain has the offensive mind to design a game plan around Treon’s talents. This is a very winnable game folks.

Now, let’s look big picture here. Where does Grier’s suspension leave Florida with regards to their goals and expectations? Exactly the same. I stated in the previous paragraph that I believe Florida can win the game against LSU. I also believe that LSU is the best team left on the Gator regular season schedule. A win against either LSU or UGA means Florida probably wins the SEC East. Getting to Atlanta was always the real goal for this team. I never expected the Gators to end up in the playoff this year and I doubt many other Gator fans did either. It started to look like a possibility and I think it still is if Treon is at least serviceable at quarterback. Of course, this means that Florida cannot afford for anything to happen to Treon Harris on or off the field. Treon has suddenly found himself at a crossroads of sorts in his life. He has to choose his priorities wisely at this point. This is something he has struggled with so far in his Gator career. Come on Treon, dare to be great.

As for Will Grier’s future. Hopefully, he will win his appeal and get his suspension shortened. Either way his football career is on hold for the foreseeable future. He finds himself at a crossroads as well. This is a major setback and an embarrassing moment. Somewhere in his pondering over the next few weeks the thought will cross his mind to transfer to a school where the shadow of this moment isn’t constantly hovering over his head. I hope he pushes that thought out of his mind and dedicates himself to being ready to contribute to this Gator team when he gets his next chance. It would show a lot of character. Mistakes you run from never truly go away. Mistakes you face head on and fight to overcome eventually go away.

The bottom line is that as much as the news of Will Grier’s suspension felt like a punch to the stomach for many Gator fans it cannot be undone. The Gator football team doesn’t have the luxury of hanging their heads and pouting and they will not do that. The old cliché of man down-man up still applies here. The Florida Gators have to suck it up and keep improving every week. That’s how championships are won.

Mark Miller

About Mark Miller

Mark Miller's bravery knows no limits. He's a Gator living deep in the heart of Georgia. Mark's weekly columns appear in the Coosa Valley News in Rome, Georgia, where Gators are few and Bulldogs are many. His updates about football and life among the heathens will appear in Gator Country on a weekly basis.

  1. shadowcatOctober 13, 2015, 2:15 pm

    Agree completely. The team will survive and still can make a run at the SEC title. My biggest disappointment is the calendar year suspension affecting two different years. Tunsil gets 7 game suspension for illegal benefits, the Seminoles get all sort of slaps on the wrist but not much else.

    If the suspension is lowered to just all of the remaining games this year, including any SEC title game or bowl game, I am fine. It basically amounts to a broken leg injury and we can start clean next year. If it is upheld as a calendar year suspension, it affects this year, next spring, summer/fall practices, and of course 6 games of next season. We’ve had enough of a problem with coaches changing non stop and the QB spot having plug and play players who get replaced yearly… need some sort of long term development here and that was just set back (unless Harris runs with it and is the clear cut starter next year)

    • trippo7October 13, 2015, 6:18 pm

      Is your name in reference to Kitty Pryde [of the X-Men]? Just curious haha.

  2. trippo7October 13, 2015, 6:17 pm

    I sad this once before on a previous article, but I liked it so much I wanted to post it again:

    I’ll probably end up saying this to anyone who will listen right up until game time, but I truly believe that the Gators will be fine with Harris. While Grier was playing very well it isn’t like he was rewriting the record books. You also have to realize that with Harris the Gators went [I believe] 4-2 last year [5-2 if you count him pulling out the Tennessee game, I think?]. That includes wins over Tennessee at Neyland, Georgia , and a good ECU team. He was also a Muschamp’d 4th quarter away from beating South Carolina and one drive [or a missed FG or two] away from winning at FSU. This team is much better coached and prepared this year than they ever were under Champ, so I see no reason why Harris can’t equal or exceed what he did last year as a starter record wise. He’ll almost certainly be a higher % passer in this new system. Grier was playing excellent, but with this defense I think Harris can still brings the Gators to 10 wins with what they have left on the schedule. Maybe more? I also see no reason why this team can’t win a game in Baton Rouge as long as our defense is as good as we think they are and they shows up ready to play. The Gators will be fine. Everything is still plausibly within reach.

  3. scooterpOctober 13, 2015, 8:43 pm

    Agree with most. Having to go with Treon is hardly a big drop off. He is certainly capable, especially with this defense behind him. I’m uncomfortable with the overall dismissive comments about Grier though. No he wasn’t rewriting record books, but who is after 5 starts. Really, he is playing like a talented freshman whos mistakes, when he makes them, doesn’t destroy the whole team, but who’s leadership and command of the offense at critical moments looks like a seasoned pro. He has inspired confidence on both sides of the ball, which is saying a lot. i don’t care about the first 3 quarters against UT, what I saw in the 4th is something we haven’t seen around here in a long time. So, I understand us having to get behind Treon and again I think we can with him under center. I just think we were on the verge of something special with Grier that may have just blown up in our faces…and to dismiss him by stating things like….well, he was erratic at times or made some bad decisions, is in a state of denial and is missing the big picture.

    It was a dumb decision and I’m not going to fault the NCAA. I’m sure he’s heard the warnings more than once, now he must live with it. But DAMN IT, can we catch a break?

  4. tmitch_2October 13, 2015, 9:43 pm

    I know that the media has to make a big deal about this Will Grier deal, but I wish they would back off as it makes it tough for the team to move on. Also , fans can not discount what Grier did, but we also can’t forget that Harris is also winner and pretty good QB. I was talking to a fan and he is sure that we are doomed. I had to talk him off of a ledge. Its ludacris to panic, if anything it gives LSU something else to prepare for. I think we are in prime position to upset LSU in DV. I think Treon is better Than Brandon Harris and our defense is pretty dang good. Let’s stay behind our guys.

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This is football. There will be adversity. Suck it up folks. Quarterback Will Grier made a bad decision and he will pay for it. It’s not like he didn’t know better. He did. Now the Gators have to face some adversity. Some Gator fans are already throwing in the towel on the season. I’m glad the Florida Gators football coaches and players have more resolve than these wimps seem to possess. This season IS NOT suddenly over.

The Florida Gators are 6-0. I do not in the slightest believe that they are undefeated because of Will Grier. Will has played well but, other than the Ole Miss game, Grier has struggled for large sections of every game. The Gators are 6-0 because of Head Coach Jim McElwain, his staff and the job they have done getting every member of this team ready to play every Saturday, including the quarterback position. I believe that this staff will have Treon Harris ready to play and will design a game plan that utilizes Treon’s skills to give the team a chance to win in each and every game. I have heard stupidity like “we will be 2-4 the rest of the way”. Have a little faith in McElwain. Have a little faith in Treon Harris. A year ago, most Gator fans thought Treon was the savior.

What’s being lost in all of the angst and the sound of fainting goats is that the Florida Gators are 6-0 and coming off of a road win against a decent Missouri team where the defense scored enough points on their own to overcome the score they allowed the Tigers. Other than the Ole Miss game, the Florida offense wasn’t exactly soaring with Will Grier. Grier was making enough plays to move the chains and give the defense the needed rest to stay dominant. More importantly, Grier WAS NOT turning the ball over and putting the defense in bad situations. I believe Treon Harris will also make plays. He will likely make them differently than Grier. Treon has not looked as crisp and accurate as Will but Treon does improvise well during a play. That particular talent may come in quite useful against LSU. The most important thing will be not turning the ball over.

The “plan to win” for the LSU game has not changed at all. The Florida Gators were never going to win that game unless they find a way to slow down Leonard Fournette and force the Tigers to attack the nation’s best secondary through the air. That will still decide the outcome of this game. There is some myth going around that LSU has this great defense. The Tigers have given up at least 19 points in every game they’ve played this year. I believe that both of these teams will score somewhere in the twenties Saturday. I have believed that this was a winnable game for the Gators all season long and I still believe that. Florida has the defensive talent to slow down the LSU running game. Coach McElwain has the offensive mind to design a game plan around Treon’s talents. This is a very winnable game folks.

Now, let’s look big picture here. Where does Grier’s suspension leave Florida with regards to their goals and expectations? Exactly the same. I stated in the previous paragraph that I believe Florida can win the game against LSU. I also believe that LSU is the best team left on the Gator regular season schedule. A win against either LSU or UGA means Florida probably wins the SEC East. Getting to Atlanta was always the real goal for this team. I never expected the Gators to end up in the playoff this year and I doubt many other Gator fans did either. It started to look like a possibility and I think it still is if Treon is at least serviceable at quarterback. Of course, this means that Florida cannot afford for anything to happen to Treon Harris on or off the field. Treon has suddenly found himself at a crossroads of sorts in his life. He has to choose his priorities wisely at this point. This is something he has struggled with so far in his Gator career. Come on Treon, dare to be great.

As for Will Grier’s future. Hopefully, he will win his appeal and get his suspension shortened. Either way his football career is on hold for the foreseeable future. He finds himself at a crossroads as well. This is a major setback and an embarrassing moment. Somewhere in his pondering over the next few weeks the thought will cross his mind to transfer to a school where the shadow of this moment isn’t constantly hovering over his head. I hope he pushes that thought out of his mind and dedicates himself to being ready to contribute to this Gator team when he gets his next chance. It would show a lot of character. Mistakes you run from never truly go away. Mistakes you face head on and fight to overcome eventually go away.

The bottom line is that as much as the news of Will Grier’s suspension felt like a punch to the stomach for many Gator fans it cannot be undone. The Gator football team doesn’t have the luxury of hanging their heads and pouting and they will not do that. The old cliché of man down-man up still applies here. The Florida Gators have to suck it up and keep improving every week. That’s how championships are won.

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