Gators likely to decide on QB by fall camp
According to Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee, Florida coach Jim McElwain is expected to decide on his starting quarterback by the start of fall practice. That should make for an intriguing summer in Gainesville, where the ongoing competition is between redshirt freshman Will Grier and sophomore Treon Harris, who played in nine games for the Gators in 2014.
The highly touted Grier, who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 197 pounds and was one of the top-rated quarterbacks in the country two years ago, had a strong spring. What most impressed observers were his deep ball and arm strength, particularly while under pressure in the spring game. Grier's demonstrated ability to stand in the pocket and deliver strong throws might have made him the slight favorite due to the pro-style offense McElwain is implementing.
McElwain even said as much late in spring practice, which Harris missed part of due to a death in the family.
"You know, obviously Will’s ahead simply because he’s been here more," McElwain told reporters in April. It's unclear if that pecking order remains the summer as falls draws nearer.
Harris, who is smaller at 5-foot-11 but more of a running threat, provides a different look from that of Grier. He thrives at buying time to extend plays, and he also has the experience advantage. That said, Harris' time on the field last year wasn't overwhelmingly impressive, as he finished the season having completed 49.5 percent of his passes for 1,019 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions. But even if Grier does win the starting job, as many are expecting at this point, Harris could still provide a dynamic change of pace in certain packages.
At any rate, McElwain apparently intends to make a decision soon as he and the rest of the new Florida staff try to identify a quarterback who can make a significantly positive impact at the position for the first time since Tim Tebow graduated in 2009.
(h/t Bleacher Report)
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