ATLANTA — Jim McElwain admitted that he has put too much on the plate of quarterback Treon Harris.
That’s why questions arose this week over whether or not Florida would unleash Harris in the running game. But at his press conference a day before the SEC championship, McElwain didn’t say if Harris would have some designed running plays against Alabama.
“He may be running for his life,” McElwain said with a laugh. “Quarterback run wise, we have done it somewhat. Let the scrambles happen.”
Unlike last season, the Gators haven’t designed many running plays for Harris. His 73 rushing attempts have mainly come on when passing plays have broken down and Harris has taken the ball and run with it. Harris has only rushed for 2.6 yards per carry this season.
Even though McElwain wouldn’t say if he plans on using Harris in the run game, it’s more than likely he will because Alabama has been susceptible against guarding quarterbacks who have the ability to run. In recent history, the Crimson Tide have lost to Ohio State, Texas A&M and Oklahoma, which are all teams that had quarterbacks who could run.
“Quarterback run has hurt these guys if you look at the couple of games they’ve lost over the last few years,” McElwain said on Thursday. “When you look at what they did against them, those were all the common denominator: running quarterbacks, Wildcat stuff.”