University of Florida

Treon Harris suspension might force Florida Gators to run Wildcat

Florida quarterback Treon Harris scrambles for yardage against New Mexico State during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Gainesville, Fla.
Florida quarterback Treon Harris scrambles for yardage against New Mexico State during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Gainesville, Fla. AP

Florida Gators coach Jim McElwain said the absence of quarterback Treon Harris for Saturday’s game against Tennessee — which leaves UF with just one scholarship quarterback (Will Grier) — might forced the team to break out a Wildcat package.

“We knew we were thin at the position coming in,” McElwain said. “We only had a couple scholarship guys anyway, so that’s the reason we worked some special packages with guys back there … that maybe aren’t traditional quarterbacks.”

Harris, a sophomore from Miami Booker T. Washington, and starting cornerback Jalen Tabor were suspended Wednesday for one game for undisclosed reasons, and McElwain said Grier will “have an opportunity to run the ship.”

Grier played every snap in Saturday’s win against Kentucky, but McElwain said the freshman performed “just OK” and that Harris was positioned to see snaps versus the Volunteers.

Not anymore, as Grier will have a prime opportunity to seize the job.

Vanderbilt graduate transfer Josh Grady, who played wideout in UF’s first three games, will presumably serve as the backup and run Florida’s “GatorTail” package.

Grady, who practiced with the quarterbacks Tuesday and Wednesday, was 3 of 7 for 27 yards and two interceptions in his career at Vandy.

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