After hinting that quarterback Treon Harris could start this week, Gators coach Jim McElwain has officially flipped the script.
The team announced Thursday afternoon that Will Grier will start for Florida against East Carolina on Saturday (7 p.m., ESPN2). The Gators will use a similar game plan to the one they used in the opener with Harris splitting time with Grier at quarterback.
“I’m sure it will be similar,” McElwain said earlier this week when asked about his Week 2 plan for the quarterbacks. “We kind of hit it, I’m not sure the exact pitch count, it worked out a little bit, we tried to sit in kind of that three series, 12 to 15 reps, go from there, and it’s just kind of in the flow of the game how it works.
Harris got the start in Florida’s 61-13 win over New Mexico State last week, playing the first three series of the game and three more in the second half. The sophomore finished 14-of-19 for 215 yards and two touchdowns.
Grier entered the opener with 12:36 remaining in the second quarter and played six consecutive drives over the second and third quarters. The redshirt freshman went 16-of-18 for 166 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for 43 yards and a score.
The competition for the full-time starting quarterback job is still going. Some believe McElwain would like to name a starting quarterback before the start of conference play next week.
Grier will take on his father’s alma mater. Chad Grier played quarterback for East Carolina.