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Florida Gators QB Will Grier will start against Ole Miss

Florida quarterback Will Grier watches a play on the scoreboard in the first half against Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Lexington, Ky.
Florida quarterback Will Grier watches a play on the scoreboard in the first half against Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. AP

Will Grier still isn’t Florida’s unquestioned starting quarterback, but the redshirt freshman will take the first-team snaps for the fourth week in a row, coach Jim McElwain confirmed Wednesday.

Grier will start Saturday’s primetime showdown with No.  3 Mississippi, with sophomore backup Treon Harris available as a “change-of-pace” option.

“[Grier] has had a pretty good week. Treon had a really good week as well,” McElwain said.

“We’ve got two guys. We've got one that played pretty good in some situations last week that deserves to go this week, but he knows that he's got a lot to learn and a long ways to go as far as understanding how to play the position.”

Grier engineered last Saturday’s stunning fourth-quarter rally against Tennessee, throwing for 143 yards and two scores in the final period to help UF prevail. Still, McElwain refused to name Grier as No. 25 Florida’s full-time starter, especially with Harris returning from his one-game suspension.

“What I like more than anything was how calm Will was in the situations when we needed it the most,” McElwain said.

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