Florida Gators football announced Thursday that redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier will start for the team against the Kentucky Wildcats on the road Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky.
Grier, who also started against East Carolina last week, will lead Florida after kickoff on the SEC Network at 7:30 p.m. Sophomore Treon Harris will also play in the game for the Gators, but it has not been specified by head coach Jim McElwain whether snaps will be split as equally between the signal callers this week.
After taking a redshirt during his true freshman season, Grier has played well for Florida in 2015. He is rated as the 13th most efficient passer in the nation, completing 26-of-35 passes for 317 yards with four passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and an interception. Grier has also broken off two long runs in the Gators’ first two games, totaling 53 net rushing yards to date.
Florida will likely go with the “hot hand” approach in Saturday’s game, meaning as long as Grier begins the game by playing well, he could very well wind up taking the vast majority of the snaps for the Gators.
“If a guy’s hitting it and distributing it and got a good stroke going, we’ll go with it,” McElwain said Wednesday.