Harris gets the start against Georgia

After coming off the bench against Missouri, freshman Treon Harris will start at quarterback for the Gators against Georgia on November 1.

The bye week gives Florida an extra week of practice to get the freshman prepared. Florida coach Will Muschamp and offensive coordinator Kurt Roper both warned that Harris was limited in what he could do with the offense before the Missouri game. With two weeks of practice to get Harris first team reps before facing the Bulldogs, Muschamp is optimistic that his freshman can get a better grasp on a more expanded offense to use in Jacksonville.

“He’s getting all the reps right now (in practice),” Muschamp said about Treon Harris. “You saw what he did late in the game. He has a knack for making plays and making some good things happen for our football team. We've struggled with production at the quarterback position, and that's been an issue for us along with others. But that's been a huge issue for us.

“He's a guy that has a knack for making plays. He's got a much better understanding as we continue to move forward. We've got an open week now where he's getting a bunch of reps.”

Jeff Driskel started against Missouri last week and will still be involved in the offense against Georgia, but Muschamp made it clear that it will be Harris’ game in Jacksonville.

Against the Tigers last week, Driskel went 7-19 for 50 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. He also fumbled twice. Harris went 8-12 for 98 yards one touchdown and one interception, adding a fumble of his own. Neither quarterback played well in that game, but the hope from the coaching staff is that two weeks of first-team reps for Harris will help him run an offense that isn’t limited.

Harris made his biggest impact in a game when he relieved Driskel late in the third quarter at Tennessee on October 4. The Florida offense was being shut out, and the freshman led two scoring drives to help the Gators escape with a 10-9 win and secure the program’s 10th straight win over the Volunteers.

The Gators returned home, and the two quarterbacks were expected to battle for the starting position that week before facing LSU. However, sexual battery allegations against Harris were made on October 6, and Harris was suspended from all team activities while the investigation took place. He rejoined the team on October 10 after the complaint was withdrawn.

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