Will Muschamp decided to pull Harris on Saturday when the knee started to bother him. The knee is structurally sound and there’s no risk for further damage by playing on it, but the game was in hand and the coaches wanted to make sure he was ready for practice this week.
He’ll be on the field when the Gators open practice on Monday.
The knee stiffened up on Harris against Eastern Kentucky, and he came out after going 4-12 for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Harris hit Quinton Dunbar for a 70-yard touchdown and Demarcus Robinson for a 19-yard touchdown on a corner route in the back of the end zone.
Jeff Driskel took over for most of the second half to rest Harris’ knee.
“We felt like we didn’t want to risk any further injury with his situation there,” Muschamp said of Treon Harris. “He’ll be fine, he’ll start the game and be ready to go.”
The running threat Harris provides will give the Gators a boost on the ground against Florida State. Boston College attacked the Seminoles with its rushing attack, totaling 240 yards on the ground. Quarterback Tyler Murphy accounted for 48 of those yards and gashed Florida State with a 21-yard touchdown run.
Harris’ legs have been an important part of the Florida offense since he took over. The freshman has rushed for 250 yards and three touchdowns this season.
Even though Harris will start, Jeff Driskel will still have a role in the offense. He played well against the Colonels, going 9-11 for 164 yards and three passing touchdowns, adding another touchdown as a rusher.
“We’ll see as the game (goes on),” Muschamp said. “We always have some sort of package for him in the game. He performed the way we felt he certainly is capable of performing. Depending on the situation, we’ll see how the week goes and where our preparation is at. We’ll move forward in the week and se where that progresses.”
Florida and Florida State will kick off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN.