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Florida Head Coach Jim McElwain Says He Will Play 2 QB’s in Opener

Florida head football coach Jim McElwain reaffirmed Thursday that he will play both Will Grier and Treon Harris at quarterback in the Gators opener against New Mexico State on September 5, according to Andy Hutchins of Alligator Army.

Instead of going with one signal-caller for the duration of the game, McElwain will use the game against New Mexico State to gauge what both Grier and Harris can do in real game situations and will likely rotate them in and out. According to Hutchins, this will be the first time a team with McElwain as offensive coordinator or head coach has split its opening game’s meaningful snaps at quarterback between multiple players.

Grier, who is 6’2”, 201-pounds from Davidson, North Carolina, is a redshirt freshman. He was a four-star recruit (and the No.2 pro-style quarterback in the 2014 class) coming out of high school, according to 247 Sports. So, there is a lot of potential there.

Harris, a 5’11, 195-pound sophomore from Miami, Florida, was the starter last year for the Gators and is coming off a season in which he passed for 1,019 yards and nine touchdowns with four interceptions.

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