What started out as a lock has turned into a competition, as Treon Harris has narrowed the gap between himself and Will Grier in Florida’s battle for backup quarterback.
Grier entered offseason workouts as a clear QB2, but in the past week Harris has closed quickly. His decision making has sharpened, his accuracy is better, and he is now believed by some UF beat writers to be sitting in the catbird seat.
Might have to rethink my stance on Will Grier winning backup job. Treon Harris has been absolutely lights out last three days. #Gators
— Thomas Goldkamp (@Goldkamp247) August 14, 2014
I’ve only been to two practices but it seems clear that Treon Harris will be the backup to Jeff Driskel and Will Grier will redshirt. — Pat Dooley (@pat_dooley) August 14, 2014
Even players have taken notice.
Andre Debose on @t5_harris “He has that ‘it’ factor.”
— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) August 15, 2014
In a breakdown by 247Sports, Thomas Goldkamp compared the merits of both Grier and Harris while also documenting their progression this offseason. Goldkamp believes that Harris will win the backup role on account of him being better suited for a wildcat offense (should Jeff Driskel go down). He also notes that Grier is open to redshirting in order better prepare himself for the college game’s elevated competition.
Again, as long as Harris keeps it close with Grier, he should be the backup. He offers the best of both worlds for Florida’s coaches: An immediate contribution in the form of a special package, plus preserving Grier’s considerable long-term upside for an extra year.
As for the coaching staff, Will Muschamp spoke with the media on Friday and reconfirmed that the team would like to redshirt one of the freshman for the upcoming season – meaning Skyler Mornhinweg will more than likely be QB3 once again.