Both Florida quarterbacks will play Saturday

With Treon Harris set to practice for the first time in a week on Monday, the Florida coaching staff will use this week to decide how to split quarterback reps against Missouri on Saturday.

Going into the week, fourth-year junior Jeff Driskel is expected to start.

While he will likely get the first snap of the game against Missouri, Florida coach Will Muschamp made it clear that Treon Harris will also see the field in the team’s homecoming game Saturday.

“They both will play this week and we’ll work through the week, and we’ll see how things go and we’ll see how it foes there," Muschamp said. "Right now Jeff will probably start but they’re both going to play."

The controversy started in Knoxville. Driskel was replaced late in the third quarter after the offense couldn’t get any points on the scoreboard, putting Florida’s nation-best 325-game streak without being shutout in jeopardy. Harris took over after the Gators forced a turnover and led a five-play, 30-yard touchdown yard. The freshman led an eight-play, 49-yard drive late in the game to set up the game-winning field goal by Austin Hardin.

The two quarterbacks were supposed to battle in practice last week preparing for the LSU game, but Harris was suspended after sexual battery allegations came out on October 6. He missed the entire week of practice before the allegations were withdrawn and rejoined the team on Friday but didn’t play against the Tigers.

This week, the competition continues after Driskel continued to struggle with throwing the ball on Saturday against LSU.

Driskel went 14-25 on Saturday for 183 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He hit a deep ball to Demarcus Robinson for 73 yards late in the game, setting up the game-tying field goal, but Driskel underthrew two deep balls to Robinson earlier in the game with one ending up as an interception.

The fourth-year quarterback said he trusts the coaches to make the best decision at quarterback.

“It has worked for a lot of people,” Driskel said. “There’s nothing to say it won’t work for us. I’m not sure how it’s going to shake out, but if it’s best for the team, then I’m for it.”

The spark Harris provided the Gators in Knoxville was clear. Florida could need that again soon, and that’s the reason Harris will continue to get first-team reps in practice this week. He has the respect of his teammates, despite being a freshman, because of his success throughout his career and calm demeanor.

“He’s got a certain persona about himself," Muschamp said. "That’s why in his last two years at Booker T. he was 30-0. That tells you something about him. He’s a winner. He certainly has a persona about him.”

Florida and Missouri kick off at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

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