He may not be in the Southeastern Conference any longer, but Treon Harris will still be a starting quarterback in SEC Country in 2017.
According to a report from The Tennessean’s Mike Organ, the former Florida quarterback’s competition to become the new starting quarterback at Tennessee State is over.
Organ reports that TSU’s two-year starter at the position, O’Shay Ackerman-Carter, was granted his release from the program with the intent to transfer prior to Monday’s spring practice in Nashville. That all but clears the way for Harris to take over as the starting quarterback for the Tigers in 2017.
“I still have to work in order to get better for me and the team,” Harris said after the transfer, per Organ. “I’ve still got plenty to prove. And we’ve still got competition at the position.”
After announcing his decision to transfer from Florida last summer, Harris decided on Tennessee State as his new destination in January. The Tigers compete in the Ohio Valley Conference at the FCS level.
Harris did not play in 2016 and has two years of eligibility remaining with Tennessee State, which is located in Nashville, after spending portions of the 2014 and 2015 season as the Gators starting quarterback.
He always will be remembered for coming off the bench in relief of Jeff Driskel to earn the Gators a victory at Tennessee in 2014, and also leading Florida to victory against Georgia in his first start. But things went downhill for Harris from there, struggling with accuracy on the field and suspensions for alleged actions off the field.
Harris finished his Florida career with 2,685 yards passing and 18 touchdown passes compared to 10 interceptions.
Though Tennessee State played Vanderbilt in 2016, there is no SEC opponent on the schedule for the Tigers in 2017. And that’s too bad, because we’d love to check in on Harris’ progress at his new landing spot.