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In this week’s edition of the Gators mailbag, we discuss Florida’s ongoing quarterback competition, recruiting and the Gators’ chances of pulling off the upset Saturday.
Charles: How much longer is this quarterback competition going to last?
Anthony Chiang: Until one guy does what it takes to win the job. What is it going to take? More than what either guy has done up to now. Despite Will Grier’s clutch performance against Tennessee, coach Jim McElwain said Monday he would consider using the two-quarterback system against Ole Miss on Saturday. As I wrote about in my story Monday, Grier was sharp down the stretch against the Vols. The redshirt freshman completed 11-of-18 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns over the final two drives to rally the Gators to a comeback win over Tennessee. But Grier was 12-of-24 for 142 yards, no touchdowns and one interception through the first three quarters. McElwain is looking for consistency. Until Grier gives him that, McElwain is going to consider Treon Harris as an option under center.
Rob: Which of the interested 2016 recruits do you feel will commit to the Gators?
Anthony Chiang: After Florida’s win over Tennessee, recruiting is trending up for the Gators. But if I had to pick one recruit who will end up a Gator, I’ll go with 2016 Tampa Catholic wide receiver Nate Craig-Myers. The five-star prospect is a Gainesville regular, as he has visited town three times since July. Craig-Myers will reportedly be back again to attend Florida’s home game against Ole Miss on Saturday. At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Craig-Myers could be the big-play receiver the Gators have been looking for.
Adam: Do the Gators have any chance of beating Ole Miss?
Anthony Chiang: I’ve said it many times before. Florida’s defense should keep the Gators in every game this season. The unit is THAT good. But if any team could blow Florida out, it’s Ole Miss. The Rebels put up 43 points on the road against a talented Alabama defense. If Ole Miss scores 40 or more on the Gators, it will probably be a rout. I can’t see the Gators’ offense being able to keep up.
The only chance Florida has is if its defense can force multiple turnovers and can limit the Ole Miss offense. That’s not going to be an easy task, as the Rebels offense ranks 11th nationally in total offense with 543.5 yards per game. The Rebels have a solid running game led by back Jaylen Walton (42 carries, 269 yards, 3 TDs), and a potent passing game featuring Chad Kelly and wide receivers Laquon Treadwell (22 catches, 332 yards, 1 TD) and Cody Core (14 catches, 320 yards, 3TDs).
I believe Florida’s defense will find a way to keep it close, but I don’t think the Gators are ready to beat a team of this caliber yet.