GAINESVILLE -- The battle for the backup quarterback spot remains wide open, but offensive coordinator Kurt Roper said a decision “will have to made here pretty soon.”
Freshmen Treon Harris, a two-time state champion at Miami Booker T. Washington, and five-star prospect Will Grier are competing for the No. 2 job alongside redshirt sophomore Skyler Morhinweg.
Harris produced his best two practices Tuesday and Wednesday, while Grier has displayed a steady command of Roper’s no-huddle offense.
“I see talent,” Roper said of his freshmen. “I see guys working hard that want to be good. Right now they’re confused because it is a bunch on their plate. It’s a different game.”
Grier and Harris both possess rocket arms and quick feet, but the two quarterbacks have struggled with timing, accuracy and decision-making throughout camp.
“There's so much 7-on-7 that's played at a four-second pace when you watch that and it really trains bad habits,” Roper said. “Nobody is getting hit. Nobody is in front of them. They're blowing a horn at four seconds. That's not real world. When you have a guy like [ Jadeveon] Clowney rushing you, that is below three seconds. And then it's 270 pounds of pain.”
Roper cited his golden rule for all quarterbacks, but especially underclassmen.
“When I call a pass, I want you to throw the ball,” he said. “When I call a pass, throw it. Make a decision. We’ll learn from our mistakes, but be decisive. If a guy can’t be decisive, it’s hard for him to play.”