Florida will rotate quarterbacks against East Carolina this Saturday, but Gators coach Jim McElwain isn’t ready to name a starter after a poor practice Wednesday.
Sophomore Treon Harris played the first three series against New Mexico State last Saturday, and McElwain hinted earlier in the week he was considering flipping the script and starting Will Grier. Now all options are open. McElwain ripped the quarterbacks — and the team as a whole — for “unacceptable” play in the midweek practice.
“It’s truly understanding you got to live in the now to be successful in the future,” he said.
“We had two late throws in the red area today. It can’t happen. We had one late over the middle that’s gonna get intercepted. That’s unacceptable. And those are things that kill you. The unacceptable behavior, when you know better. And that’s what I’m getting it. It’s not OK. No, it’s not OK. … You don’t get do-overs. So the understanding in what you have to do every day to get better. And for some reason, some guys get it and some guys don’t.”
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Harris and Grier combined for 379 passing yards, 66 rushing yards and 10 scoring drives on Saturday, yet McElwain called the performance “just OK.”
“They weren’t great,” he said. “It wasn’t earth-shattering by any stretch of the imagination. They’ve got to get a ton better. I look form them to hopefully take a another step this week.”
THIS & THAT
▪ Starters Alex McCalister (defensive end) and Marcus Maye (safety) are eligible to play after serving one-game suspensions. Wideout Latroy Pittman remains suspended.
▪ Starting safety Keanu Neal (hamstring) practiced and moved from doubtful to questionable, according to McElwain. Freshman tackle Martez Ivey (knee scope) remains sidelined.