GAINESVILLE -- Florida quarterback Will Grier will start Saturday’s SEC opener at Kentucky, the school announced Thursday.
The redshirt freshman quarterback will make his second straight start, but UF coach Jim McElwain plans to continue rotating Grier and sophomore Treon Harris until either quarterback seizes the job.
After playing the first four series in last weekend's win over East Carolina, Grier watched the fourth quarter from the sidelines following a pair of shaky second-half series. He’s turned the ball over twice in two games, while Harris has yet to commit a turnover on the year.
Still, Grier, who’s 26-of-35 for 317 yards and four touchdowns on the season, has the higher ceiling of the two, and will be given the initial opportunity to win the job outright against the Wildcats (2-0).
On Wednesday, McElwain said if one of the quarterbacks establishes the “hot hand” on Saturday (7:30 p.m., SEC Network) then the rotation would discontinue.
“That’s what we’d like to get to,” he said.
“You don’t take the guy out because he’s filling it up. … At the same time, it’s not going to be one of those deals where a guy makes a bad throw and then you’re [pulling him]. I don’t believe in that either. 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.”
Harris is 19-of-27 for 269 yards and two touchdowns on the year, leading five drives for scores. He started at Vanderbilt and No. 3 Florida State last season, too, but McElwain downplayed the sophomore’s road experience and is more concerned with how the team plays around either quarterback.
"The big thing is the other 10 guys that are on the field need to make sure we're paying attention to details and stepping up and working forward," he said.
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