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Gators’ Will Grier named as Sunshine State Player of the Week

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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.

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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