Florida plans to play both Will Grier and Treon Harris at quarterback in the season opener against New Mexico State, and coach Jim McElwain said the Gators would rotate at least four tailbacks.
Kelvin Taylor stands to be the starter, but the junior running back has been pushed for carries by standout freshmen Jordan Scarlett (St. Thomas Aquinas) and Jordan Cronkrite (Westminster Christian School). Former walk-ons Case Harrison, who was awarded a scholarship last week, and Mark Herndon could also see snaps.
“All three will play. I think Case will play as well,” said McElwain, referring to the trio of Taylor, Scarlett and Cronkite. “We’ve got to keep those guys fresh. We obviously can’t beat Kelvin up the whole time, and we’ll figure out who’s going to have the hot hand. One of the good things I think is we’ve developed some depth at the position. That’s a real positive.”
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▪ UF will host Colorado State on Sept. 15, 2018, fulfilling part of McElwain’s buyout as a release from his CSU contract. The Rams will receive a $2 million payout for the game. “That was all part of the gig,” McElwain said. “We’re excited about it.”
▪ Senior wideout Valdez Showers (leg) returned to practice Friday, but starting safety Keanu Neal remains sidelined with an undisclosed leg injury.
▪ The Gators officially wrapped up training camp Friday.