Florida Gators to start QB Treon Harris in season opener; Will Grier will play, too

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain announced Wednesday that sophomore quarterback Treon Harris will start the team’s season opener on Saturday over redshirt freshman Will Grier, though all McElwain claimed to have done was decided who will take the first snap against the New Mexico State Aggies.

“Will obviously will play,” McElwain clarified. “As we said, someone starts, someone comes in. Both of them, I feel, [are] deserving of it. Both of them had a really good spring and fall, and we’re excited about seeing them both of those guys play. Treon will go out and take the first snap.”

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Florida Gators starters S Keanu Neal, OT Martez Ivey doubtful for 2015 season opener

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain confirmed Wednesday during his final media availability ahead of the team’s season opener on Saturday that junior safety Keanu Neal and freshman offensive tackle Martez Ivey will both miss the 7:30 p.m. game against the New Mexico State Aggies due to injuries suffered during practice.

Neal and Ivey were both listed as “doubtful” by McElwain, who just hours earlier Wednesday described the players as “questionable” for the contest.

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Florida Gators LB Antonio Morrison’s serious knee injury turned a distraction into a leader

It’s rare to see Florida Gators senior linebacker Antonio Morrison in a bad mood. Even though he’s had his fair share of off-field struggles during his tenure with the Gators and spent the last nine months recovering from two surgeries to a seriously injured knee, Morrison somehow made it back to the field ahead of the first game of the season and was all smiles in a post-practice media availability held Tuesday.

While Morrison had no issue discussing his recovery, he preferred to talk about his teammates when provided with the opportunity to speak in front of a microphone and a dozen voice recorders. The praise he offered them made him sound like the leader head coach Jim McElwain has made Morrison out to be all offseason.

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4 BITS: Florida Gators to honor Ray Graves with helmet decal, Bill Carr as Mr. Two Bits

1 » The Florida Gators announced Tuesday that Ray Graves, a former head football coach and athletic director at the school who passed away in April at the age of 96, will be honored with a decal on the team’s helmets this season. The decal reads “RG: The Bull Gator,” referring to Graves’s nickname while he was coach of the Gators from 1960-69; he led Florida to a 70-3-4 (38-19-3 SEC) record with a 4-1 mark in bowl games and four top-20 national finishes. UF was Graves’s only head coaching job. He led Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Steve Spurrier and a future NFL Defensive Player of the Year, defensive end Jack Youngblood, while with the Gators. Graves was also Florida’s coach during the invention of Gatorade, and he remained UF’s athletic director until 1979 after serving in the role for 19 years.

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Florida coach Jim McElwain has an appetite for offense, but will his Gators satisfy in 2015?

The offensive issues facing the Florida Gators have been apparent for years, and the hire of head coach Jim McElwain, while also an effort to breathe new life into the program, was due in large part to his acumen on that side of the ball.

It should be no surprise then that the primary topic McElwain addressed all offseason has continued into game week: Will Florida be more efficient and effective on offense in 2015?

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Florida Gators LB Antonio Morrison (knee) makes insanely quick recovery, will start 2015 opener

Despite suffering what was described as a serious knee injury during the Florida Gators‘ bowl game, senior linebacker Antonio Morrison‘s name appeared at the top of the team’s depth chart on Monday, and he was named a starter for Florida’s 2015 season opener against the New Mexico State Aggies.

Morrison, who has been non-contact in practice for the summer and fall after sitting out the spring while rehabilitating, is completely ready to go, according to head coach Jim McElwain, who cautioned that he may not see the field for a full compliment of plays.

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Florida Gators release 2015 season-opening depth chart for Week 1 vs. New Mexico State

Though things will undoubtedly change for the Florida Gators throughout the 2015 season, especially with players coming back from injury and suspension after Week 1, the team released its depth chart ahead of its season opener against the New Mexico State Aggies on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The contest will be head coach Jim McElwain‘s first with the Gators, and it will all go down inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and air live on the SEC Network.

Here is Florida’s first official depth chart released in nearly nine months.

OFFENSE

QB: 7 Will Grier OR 3 Treon Harris
RB: 21 Kelvin Taylor, 25 Jordan Scarlett OR 32 Jordan Cronkrite
TE: 83 Jake McGee, 80 C’yontai Lewis
WR: 11 Demarcus Robinson, 18 C.J. Worton
WR: 5 Ahmad Fulwood, 81 Antonio Callaway
WR: 4 Brandon Powell 89 Alvin Bailey

LT: 75 Mason Halter, 73 Martez Ivey
LG: 63 Trip Thurman, 52 Travaris Dorsey
C: 54 Cam Dillard, 64 Tyler Jordan
RG: 71 Antonio Riles, 77 Andrew Mike
RT: 70 David Sharpe, 74 Fred Johnson

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Florida Gators practice update: Special teams solidifying in ramp up to 2015 season

With so much confidence in the defense and concern about the offense, little had been learned about Florida Gators football’s special teams unit as it prepared with the rest of the team to enter the 2015 season. For head coach Jim McElwain, who places a premium on special teams and said at the onset of his tenure that he would work closely with that unit, the returns appear to be positive with a week to go until the campaign begins.

Florida’s starters at kicker and punter have been known for quite some time with redshirt junior Austin Hardin and redshirt sophomore Johnny Townsend holding those positions, respectively.

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