Gators unsure of Saturday’s starting QB

The Florida quarterback position is uncertain heading into Saturday’s game against East Carolina.

Florida coach Jim McElwain isn’t sure whether Will Grier or Treon Harris will start when the Gators host East Carolina on Saturday at 7 p.m.


“We're going to basically do the same thing,” McElwain said. “Which guy is going to trot out there first? We're going to visit after tonight's practice, but it will be very similar. Again, the partnership, the guys working to help each other get better.”


Harris started last week and Grier came off the bench. Harris completed his first eight passes and ended the game 14-19 for 215 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions while running five times for 23 yards. Grier took over early in the second quarter and finished 16-18 for 166 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions while running four times for 44 yards and one touchdown.


Grier threw an incompletion on his first pass of the game and completed 16 of his last 17 passes with the only incompletion coming on a drop by Ahmad Fulwood. He did fumble the ball when he was sacked after the offensive line didn’t pick up a blitz.


“They were OK in the last game,” McElwain said. “They weren't great. It wasn't earth shattering by any stretch of the imagination. They've got to get a ton better. I look for them to hopefully take another step this week."


McElwain mentioned on Monday that the coaches were still in the process of making a decision about quarterback usage but said that flipping the script from last week was possible. It’s still unsure if that will happen. McElwain said the coaches would meet later this week to make a final decision about which quarterback would be on the field when the game begins.


As the starter last week, Harris was given the first quarter and finished a touchdown drive into the beginning of the second quarter before Grier came in. Grier served as the team’s quarterback until Harris reentered to open a drive with 5:17 remaining in the third quarter. Whoever is in the starting and backup roles, the usage will likely be similar to last weekend’s game.


McElwain’s main frustration is some bad throws this week in practice.


“It’s truly understanding you’ve got to live in the now to be successful in the future,” McElwain said. “That’s what we’re trying to do at the quarterback position. If you want me to call it out, we had two late throws in the red area today. It can’t happen. We had one late over the middle, that’s going to get intercepted. That’s unacceptable. And those are things that kill you, is the unacceptable behavior, when you know better.” 

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