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Gators QB Treon Harris to start vs. Florida State

Treon Harris of the Florida Gators warms up before a game against South Carolina at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Nov. 15, 2014 in Gainesville.
Treon Harris of the Florida Gators warms up before a game against South Carolina at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Nov. 15, 2014 in Gainesville. Getty Images

Freshman quarterback Treon Harris will start at No. 1 Florida State on Saturday as the former Miami Booker T. Washington standout has no lasting effects from a minor knee injury sustained in the 52-3 win over Eastern Kentucky.

Harris, a former FSU commit, exited the weekend’s blowout late in the second quarter with a knee bruise. He finished the afternoon 4 of 12 for 162 yards and two scores.

“He had a contusion on the lower part of his kneecap there and it just got a little tight in the game and we felt like we didn’t want to risk any further injury,” coach Will Muschamp said. “He’ll be fine. He’ll start the game and be ready to go.”

Still, Florida’s coach didn’t rule out an expanded role for backup quarterback Jeff Driskel, who played well in relief against the Colonels. Driskel, a redshirt junior, accounted for four touchdowns (three passing) in perhaps his final game at The Swamp.

“We’ll see as the game [progresses],” Muschamp said. “We always have a package [for Driskel]. He preformed the way we felt he certainly is capable of performing. Depending on the situation, we’ll see how the week goes and where our preparation is at.”

▪ Redshirt junior offensive linemen Tyler Moore will forgo his senior season and declare for the 2015 NFL Draft, according to multiple media reports.

The 6-3, 325-pound guard transferred to Florida in 2012 after opening his collegiate career at Nebraska, becoming the first true freshman to start at left tackle in school history.

Moore started six games for the Gators in 2013, but a broken arm sustained during a scooter accident ended his season. This year, he has started six games, rotating between both guard positions.

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