Don't expect Florida to name a starting quarterback this spring
New Florida coach Jim McElwain isn't itching to name a starting quarterback. Or if he is, he certainly isn't saying so publicly.
McElwain said Tuesday that it'll likely be the summer before a starter would be named. The Gators' quarterback competition is between Treon Harris and Will Grier.
"I think going into the summer you have an opportunity, maybe, to develop some things from there but we're not putting a time line on the starting quarterback," McElwain said via InsidetheGators.com. "We've done it a lot of different ways a lot of places we've been and been successful doing it. When it's time we'll name that."
Harris has more game experience because of his playing time last year. However, he didn't complete more than 50 percent of his passes. Harris was 55-111 passing for 1,019 yards. He did throw for nine touchdowns and four interceptions; his number of touchdowns was the same as Jeff Driskel's. And Driskel threw 10 interceptions, so Harris at least has that going for him.
Grier may be more known for catching a football while doing a backflip at this point. He redshirted in 2014 after enrolling early. He was the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2014 as a four-star recruit – one spot ahead of Harris, who was the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback that season.
No matter who wins the quarterback competition, it's a fair bet that McElwain is going to ask his starter to shoulder a heavier load than Florida QBs did in 2014 (and be slightly more productive). Harris and Jeff Driskel, who transferred after the conclusion of the season, threw 324 passes in 12 games.
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