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.
Former Purdue Boilermakers quarterback Austin Appleby has decided to move on to the Florida Gators as a graduate transfer, the player announced Monday night. As a graduate transfer, Appleby would be a redshirt senior with one season of eligibility remaining for 2016.
“I have made a decision to continue my college career at the University of Florida,” Appleby said as part of a statement released on Twitter. “I am very excited about this opportunity and all the great things that are in store for Gator Nation!”
No. 19 Florida Gators (10-4) football played terribly for its fifth consecutive game as the No. 14 Michigan Wolverines ran wild on Friday to pull off a dominant 41-7 victory in the 2016 Citrus Bowl in Orlando.
Since routing Georgia on Halloween, Florida has averaged 15.4 points per game, scoring just 24 in its last three contests combined. It’s hardly the end to the seemingly magical season that head coach Jim McElwain and Gators fans envisioned.
The first quarter of the 2016 Citrus Bowl featured two trick plays called by Florida Gators coach Jim McElwain. Simply put, the first one failed miserably while the second was arguably the most effective that has been run in college football this season.
There was little offense coming from the Florida Gators‘ side of the field over their final few games of the season, due in large part to the play of sophomore quarterback Treon Harris, an injured offensive line and a lot of youth and inexperience on that side of the ball.
Redshirt senior offensive lineman Trip Thurman, set to play in his final game in the 2016 Citrus Bowl against the Michigan Wolverines on Friday, is accepting of the criticism that Florida’s offense has received but equally disturbed by the lack of respect being paid to the Gators ahead of this contest.
Just days after head coach Jim McElwain said at a media availability that he expected redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier to rejoin the Florida Gators on Jan. 5, 2016, ahead of spring practice, Grier will instead transfer from the program.
According to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Grier “met with the [coaching] staff last week” about his decision. OnlyGators.com confirmed Grier’s departure via team sources, and the team announced the move later Saturday.
“Will came to me about exploring his options to transfer. We will support him and help him in [any way] we can. This has been very difficult on him and obviously he is looking for a fresh start. We will always be there for him as will all Gators,” McElwain said in a statement.
No. 18 Florida Gators (10-3) football saw its offense fall to greater depths on Saturday as the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) pulled away late with a 29-15 victory to win the 2015 SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.
Though UF once again avoided its first shutout since 1988, that was about the only positive to take away from the affair as the Gators offense continued to struggle and their defense simply got worn down after being on the field for three-quarters of the game.
SEC Championship Gameday – No. 18 Florida Gators vs. No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide: What to know, how to watch on TV, stream live online
No. 18 Florida Gators football returns to the SEC Championship Game for the first time since 2009 when it takes on the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide for a shot at the crown.
Here’s a look ahead at the game: what to know and how to watch Florida-Alabama.
Event: 2015 SEC Championship Game
Location: Georgia Dome – Atlanta, Georgia [Capacity: 71,250]
Time: 4:00 p.m. EST
TV: CBS (Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson)
Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter