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Florida Gators still not ready to name starting QB

Florida quarterback Will Grier looks for a receiver against East Carolina during the first half Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Gainesville, Fla.
Florida quarterback Will Grier looks for a receiver against East Carolina during the first half Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Gainesville, Fla. AP

Jim McElwain still isn’t ready to name a starting quarterback.

Florida’s first-year coach said there’s been little separation between sophomore Treon Harris and redshirt freshman Will Grier, so UF’s quarterback rotation is likely to continue this weekend at Kentucky (7:30 p.m., SEC Network).

“We stayed up all [Sunday] night and reevaluated everything we did,” McElwain said.

“Not sure we’re ready to [name a starter.] I foresee right now both guys playing. Both had good things, both had things we need to work on.”

Harris started the opener against New Mexico State, and McElwain flipped the script last Saturday, giving the nod to Grier versus East Carolina.

Though both signal-callers performed well against NMSU, McElwain said the duo was just “average” in the win over ECU.

To date, Grier has illustrated the best ability to revive UF’s aerial attack. But while the redshirt freshman’s ceiling appears higher than Harris’, Grier remains prone to too many mistakes.

He nearly tossed several interceptions in the second half Saturday, so Harris was reinserted into the game and closed out the win in the fourth quarter.

Both quarterbacks have struggled at times due to a lack of continuity. The constant rotation has clearly disrupted the quarterbacks’ rhythm, as both players have been out of sync upon coming off the bench cold.

While McElwain brushed off the notion — “When it’s your turn, get up and make a free throw — senior offensive guard Trip Thurman disagreed, saying continuity is best for the offense.

“Any quarterback at this level, it’s hard to get in a rhythm [going in and out of the game],” he said.

“When you’re coming in two series at a time, I guess that could make it difficult for them to kind of get into a rhythm with the wide receives and things like that.”

JESSE SIMONTON

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