Gators will start Grier on Saturday

Florida will flip the script at quarterback this week.

Will Grier will make his first collegiate start on Saturday against East Carolina. Florida coach Jim McElwain said after Wednesday’s practice that it didn’t matter who started because Grier and Treon Harris would play.

Grier served as the backup last week when Treon Harris was the starter. Harris completed his first eight passes and ended the game 14-19 through the air for 215 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions while adding 23 rushing yards. Grier went 16-18 for 166 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He added 44 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown while losing a fumble.

Grier’s first pass of last week’s game was incomplete, but after that, his only incompletion came on a drop by receiver Ahmad Fulwood. He also executed a two-minute drive in seven plays and 75 yards to reach the end zone before halftime.

McElwain said on Monday that it’s possible they could use the same script as the season opener against New Mexico when Harris, who started, playing the first quarter and fourth quarter while Grier played the second and third quarter.

Grier’s father, Chad, played quarterback at ECU.

Even though the two quarterbacks combined to go 30-37 for 381 yards and four touchdowns in the opener, McElwain slowed the optimism about their performance.

“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."

Since the game ended, he was more frustrated with how the quarterbacks progressed this week in practice. They had multiple bad throws in practice that could cost the team in a game.

"If you want me to call it out, we had two late throws in the red area (Wednesday),” McElwain said. “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 -- the unacceptable behavior when you know better. It’s not OK."

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