Maybe junior Treon Harris won’t be part of the Florida Gators‘ quarterback competition after all. Harris, who struggled to lead Florida during the latter half of the 2015 season, will be practicing at wide receiver during spring practice, according to veteran reporter Mike Huguenin of GridironNow.com.
It should be noted that Harris reportedly being set to practice at wideout does not necessarily mean he will be moving to that position for the Gators. He could prove to be a great pass-catcher who can use his athleticism and escapability to make Florida better on offense, but Harris may also not be proficient in that role or could ultimately decide that he would be better off playing quarterback elsewhere.
Either way, the attempt to change positions is a necessary one if Harris hopes to continue his career with the Gators. Simply put, Harris underperformed when given a chance to take over as signal caller for a Florida team that began the season 6-0.
After performing admirably with 271 yards and two touchdowns in a close 35-28 loss to LSU, Harris only eclipsed 165 yards once (against a porous South Carolina defense) and threw for a pair of scores once (in an overtime victory against lowly Florida Atlantic). The Gators lost that contest against the Tigers as well as their final three games of the season.
Simply put, Florida likely believes it has better options at quarterback in 2016, led by redshirt junior transfer Luke Del Rio, who will compete with graduate transfer Austin Appleby (Purdue) and a pair of incoming freshmen early enrollees in four-star Feleipe Franks and three-star Kyle Trask for the job.