University of Florida

August 26, 2014

Former Miami Booker T. Washington High School QB Treon Harris named backup quarterback at the University of Florida

Former Miami Booker T. Washington star Treon Harris won Florida’s backup quarterback derby — for now anyway.

Former Miami Booker T. Washington star Treon Harris won Florida’s backup quarterback derby — for now anyway.

Harris edged out fellow true freshman Will Grier, but coach Will Muschamp said it’s a fluid competition.

“There’s really no separation,” Muschamp said. “We met through the weekend and talked moving forward and felt like Treon has some things he can prove for us offensively, but that’s nothing that’s made it for the long term. No one has redshirted.”

Harris — a two-time state champion with the Tornados — ran a similar spread offense in high school and offers a more-natural complement as a special-package runner to starting quarterback Jeff Driskel.

“He presents some things that may take some hits off Jeff,” Muschamp said.

Harris will play in Saturday’s opener against Idaho (7 p.m., SEC Network), but he will continue to split reps with Grier in practice.

“We plan on playing Treon but that could change in Game 2, could change in game three,” Muschamp said. “It’s a long season. Both those guys understand the situation.”

THIS AND THAT

Sophomore defensive back Marcus Maye (strained hamstring) is questionable for Saturday’s opener. Muschamp hopes Maye, who is listed as Florida’s starting nickelback, returns to practice “in a day or two.” … Former All-American cornerback Lito Sheppard (1999-01) will serve as Florida’s honorary “Mr. Two Bits” against Idaho.

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