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Gators’ backup quarterback Treon Harris suspended for drugs

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For now, the quarterback competition at the University of Florida is closed.

Backup quarterback Treon Harris has been suspended after testing positive for drugs.

Harris did not play against Kentucky, but coach Jim McElwain went out of his way to suggest that didn’t mean that Will Grier had won the quarterback competition. He pointed out shortcomings in Grier’s efforts, and talked about several situations where Harris might have played.

That worked itself out, for the week at least, with Harris’ suspension.

“Disappointed? Yeah,” McElwain said. “But we all have choices and decisions to make in everything we do. It wasn’t anything we did. The team didn’t do. I feel bad for the team, is who I feel bad for.”

The Gators’ backup this week will probably be Josh Grady.

“Obviously, that thins you at the quarterback position,” McElwain said.

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