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Florida’s Jim McElwain isn’t saying who his quarterback will be yet

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Wherever he goes, it is the question on everyone’s mind.

The receivers? They’ll be OK. The defense? It will take care of itself. The running backs? The running backs will be fine.

But for Jim McElwain, the head coach at Florida, it starts with a simple enough question.

Who’s the quarterback?

McElwain isn’t saying, of course. He visited the sets of ESPN’s College Football, of SportsCenter and of The Colin Cowherd Show, and in each case he played the competition between Treon Harris and Will Grier close to the vest. If one is favored in their battle, McElwain isn’t going to give the answer in July.

“There are guys who maybe have great arms,” he said on College Football Live. “Or a great this or great that. It’s the guys who can move the offense down the field and make the people around him better. How do the guys rally around you during a game, a scrimmage, a practice? How does everyone else elevates around you.”

It is a quarterback university. This is the school where Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow all won Heismans, and all are captured as statues outside the stadium. Rex Grossman finished second in the Heisman voting. Shane Matthews was fifth. Yes, there have been some quarterbacks.

But quarterback was one of the Gators’ biggest frustrations when Jeff Driskell – who has since transferred – played at the school. So the question is natural.

“I’m looking at the guy who can figure out what color jerseys we’re wearing and throw to the right jerseys,” McElwain said on the Cowherd Show.

The guys in the stands? They’re looking for big plays. For first downs. For touchdowns.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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