It was fourth-down-and-legacy.
Man, did Florida quarterback Will Grier have a long way to go.
For three quarters, he had been just another quarterback. But there in a fourth-quarter comeback, darned if Grier didn’t take on the look of a player who had arrived, leading the Gators to a 28-27 comeback victory that will sting the Tennessee Vols for a while.
For his efforts, Grier is the Sunshaine State Player of the Week.
Grier had hit only 12 of 24 passes for only 142 yards through three quarters, but he was special in that fourth period, throwing for 141 more yards and leading the Gators from behind. He hit five out of five fourth-down throws for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Other players who played well for the state schools include Gators’ receiver Antonio Callaway, Florida International quarterback Alex McGough and Gators’ running back Kevin Taylor.
Does anyone think Grier’s path be smooth from here? Gators coach Jim McElwain has been slow to consider the quarterback competition over, and even with Treon Harris coming off of suspension, the Gators are entering the grinder part of their schedule.
The Gators, who just slipped into the Top 25 Sunday, play Ole Miss this week.