A suspension left no doubt who would start at quarterback in Week 4. Wednesday, Jim McElwain cleared up any lingering doubt as to who would start in Week 5.
The head coach confirmed after practice yesterday that Will Grier would get the start under center for Saturday’s game against Ole Miss. This will mark Grier’s fourth consecutive start.
McElwain, though, remains steadfast in not handing over the job permanently to Grier
“I just know this. We’ve got two guys,” McElwain said. “We’ve got one that played pretty good in some situations last week that deserves to go this week, but he knows that he’s got a lot to learn and a long ways to go as far as understanding how to play the position.”
Treon Harris started the season opener, but watched as Grier started the next two games. Ahead of the Sept. 26 game against Tennessee, Harris was suspended for allegedly failing a drug test, although he’s since been reinstated.
In his three starts, Grier has completed 46-of-81 passes (56.8 percent) for 559 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. He’s added 71 yards and a touchdown, on 23 carries, on the ground. Most importantly, the Gators are 3-0 in his starts.
Harris, who won his only start as well, is expected to see some action for a series or two against the Rebels.