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 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 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 to play two quarterbacks – Grier, Harris – in 2015 season opener

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain announced Thursday at a post-practice media availability that redshirt freshman Will Grier and sophomore Treon Harris will both play quarterback in the team’s season opener on Sept 5.

McElwain said he has not seen either signal caller distinguish himself in practice and wants to give them both a chance to shine under the lights on Saturday night, Sept 5.

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Florida Gators practice update: Receivers improving, new faces helping passing game

While the focus to this point has been on who will line up under center (or in the shotgun) for the Florida Gators, head coach Jim McElwain has been harping on another position’s need for improvement in order to get his passing attack to resemble something that would help the Gators win football games.

Up until this week, McElwain has been highly critical of Florida’s wide receivers, noting that they were struggling with running crisp routes, being consistent (not just between practices but between plays) and completing the action that is most critical at their position – hauling in the football.

McElwain changed his tune a bit on Tuesday.

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Florida Gators practice update: Four injuries, three suspensions … and two quarterbacks?

Will the Florida Gators starting quarterback be decided before the team’s season opener against New Mexico State on Sept. 5? Only head coach Jim McElwain knows for sure, but he certainly made it seem Friday like he would feel perfectly comfortable if the gig was still up for grabs in two weeks.

“We’ll be OK if we go into [the first game] and let them kind of play and kind of go from there and see who plays under the lights the best, you know, might be a two[-quarterback situation],” he said.

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Florida Gators quarterback battle: Still even, players must take ‘ownership’ to win job

Rare has it been for Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain to compliment one of his young starting quarterback contenders without throwing some love the way of the other. That trend continued Monday.

After noting that Sunday’s two-a-day practices were “as good a back-to-back practices as he’s ever seen,” McElwain explained that quarterback play “probably had something to do with” the success though he was not sure the defense had itself a great day.

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Could the Florida Gators be a transfer destination for four-star USC QB Ricky Town?

The Florida Gators have not been shy about their desire to add quarterbacks since head coach Jim McElwain took over the program. Looking to give competition to Florida’s potential starters and stock up the depth chart for the future, McElwain has been searching far and wide for help both from transfers and high school prospects.

That and a prior relationship with offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is what led to Sunday’s statement from Yahoo! Sports‘ Charles Robinson that five-star 2015 QB Ricky Town (Ventura, CA) could see Florida as an attractive transfer destination.

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