Florida mailbag: Answers to fans’ biggest questions
This week is just a few days old, but it has been a busy one.
Florida starting quarterback Will Grier has been suspended for the remainder of the season and part of the 2016 season due to a violation of the NCAA’s policy for performance-enhancing drugs. That happened Monday.
Former Gators head coach Steve Spurrier resigned as South Carolina’s coach after a legendary coaching career that spanned 25 seasons. That happened Tuesday.
With so much going on, we received a lot of questions for this week’s mailbag. But we picked three and answered them in this week’s edition of the Gators mailbag.
Josh: How will the offense change with Treon Harris being the starting quarterback?
Anthony Chiang: Let’s look back at Florida’s first two games, when Treon Harris took the majority of his snaps this season. Florida called passing plays 49 percent of the time with Treon on the field. With Will Grier on the field over the first two games of the season, the Gators called passing plays 63 percent of the time. So, Florida will likely throw the ball less with Treon at the helm.
How does that change things? Well, look for a heavier dose of running back Kelvin Taylor, which probably means more playing time for freshman Jordan Cronkrite to spell Taylor.
Alton: Is LSU as good as its record considering the Tigers haven’t played any quality opponents?
Anthony Chiang: We’re about to find out Saturday. There are still LSU doubters out there. The Tigers are ranked No. 6 in the AP poll. But in the S&P+ Ratings, LSU is ranked No. 11 and Florida is ranked No. 5. The S&P+ Ratings are a college football ratings system derived from the play-by-play and drive data of all 800+ of a season’s FBS college football games and 140,000+ plays. So as you can see, it’s a little more scientific than the AP poll. The data seems to infer that LSU is not as good as the mainstream rankings indicate. The Tigers’ undefeated record this season has come against teams with a combined record of 13-15.
Jayme: What is the status of Will Grier’s appeal? Also what is Grier’s future at Florida?
Anthony Chiang: Well, as of Tuesday evening, there is no update. But I believe we should have an answer by the end of the week. As for Grier’s future, he’ll be back next season as a redshirt sophomore. Will he get his starting job back? That’s going to depend on how Treon does in his place. We’ll have to wait on that.