For the second consecutive week, Will Grier will start at quarterback for the Gators.
The University of Florida announced Thursday afternoon that Grier will start for Florida (2-0) when it travels to take on Kentucky (2-0) on Saturday (7:30 p.m., SEC Network). The redshirt freshman made his first college start in last week’s win over East Carolina after Treon Harris got the start in Florida’s season-opening win over New Mexico State.
The plan is still the same, though. McElwain said he plans to rotate between Grier and Harris for the third consecutive week against the Wildcats.
“I foresee both guys playing,” McElwain said Wednesday. “Nothing new there. And I think there again, the partnership has been good.”
Both quarterbacks have put up similar numbers to start the season.
Grier has completed 26 of his 35 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. Harris has completed 19 of his 27 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.
In the 14 drives Grier has led this season, the Gators have scored six touchdowns and made two field goals. Four of the drives have ended with punts and two of the drives have ended with turnovers.
In the 12 drives Harris has led this season, the Gators have scored five touchdowns and made one field goal, and missed two field goals. Two of the drives have ended with punts, one of the drives ended with a turnover, and another was cut short by the end of the East Carolina game.
But if Harris or Grier are playing well Saturday, McElwain might stick with the hot quarterback against Kentucky.
“That’s what we’d like to get to,” McElwain said when asked if he would stick with the hot hand against the Wildcats. “If a guy’s hitting threes, filling it up like Freeman Williams used to. You don’t take the guy out because he’s filling it up. … Again, we kind of have those reps, but obviously if a guy’s hitting it and distributing it and has a good stroke, then we’ll go with it.”
How long will Florida’s two-quarterback system last? McElwain doesn’t even have that answer right now.
“Don’t have a timeline on it,” McElwain said Thursday. “Like I said, I think the team has settled into it. Both guys are really studying the game plan. I think that’s a really good thing. You don’t have a starter doing all the work and the other guy coming and get half of it and all of a sudden it’s my turn.”