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Gators’ coach Jim McElwain continues to evaluate his quarterbacks

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In the first drive of the night, Jim McElwain decided that his best bet was Will Grier. In the second drive of the night, a short drive following an interception, the best bet was Grier. In the fourth and fifth drives, when the Gators drove for 124 yards, scored a touchdown and missed a field goal, the best bet was Grier. He was the best bet for the drive after he threw an interception. He was the best bet after…

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FSU’s Jimbo Fisher knows the rage that Gators’ Jim McElwain felt

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FSU’s Jimbo Fisher understands the rage. He understands the frustration. He understands tough love. Yeah, Fisher understands what Florida coach Jim McElwain was feeling Saturday night, too. Fisher told the Palm Beach Post that it’s a fine line that coaches walk. Fisher himself has had intense moments, particularly with former quarterback Jameis Winston. But he hasn’t been caught having the type of meltdown that McElwain had. “That’s called coaching every day,” Fisher said. “Sometimes, you’re harsh if you want to…

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Gators to give Will Grier his first start vs. East Carolina

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This time, it’s Will’s show. University of Florida head football coach Jim McElwain has decided to flip his quarterbacks this week, meaning redshirt freshman Will Grier will get the start for the Gators. Last week, Grier sat and watched as Treon Harris got the start. Harris hit his first seven passes and accounted for two touchdowns. Still, Grier was impressive, hitting 16 of 18 passes (and one drop) for 166 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 43 yards…

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Florida college teams should have easy days in their openers

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The goal is to relive the old days, the days of championships and Heismans, the days of touchdowns and cheers. For the schools of Florida, however, first there much be new. New, as in a coach. New, as in a quarterback. New, as in hope. That’s the thing about college football; it is ever-changing. Quick as a heartbeat, yesterday’s stars are gone. Quick as a heartbeat, there is new drama with which to live. Start at Florida State. Jameis doesn’t…

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Gators decide to start Treon Harris as their quarterback

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The Florida Gators ended up going with experience at quarterback, too. Gators’ coach Jim McElwain announced Wednesday that he will start incumbent quarterback Treon Harris at quarterback Saturday when the team takes on New Mexico State in its season opener. Harris played in games last season as a dual threat quarterback. For many fans, the advantage to redshirt freshman Will Grier was his newness. He was a four-star quarterback recruit who had never thrown an incompletion (or completion, for that…

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Florida, like many teams, faces another easy day in its season opener

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And now, for a quick scouting report on New Mexico State: Baa-aa. New Mexico State is Eastern Michigan, which was Toledo, which was Charleston Southern which was UAB which was Louisiana Lafayette which was any number of sacrificial lambs that the Gators – and to be fair, a great many of the major football teams of America – line up as opening day patsies so the program can make a muscle. Hey, it is college tradition. If heaven did not…

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Gators could still be undecided on starting quarterback when season starts

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There are a lot of questions on the offense of the Florida Gators. How will the Gators’ attack look under new coach Jim McElwain? Who will comprise a rebuilt offensive line? Will the receivers continue to drop passes as they have in practice? Really, however, most Gator fans want to know the answer to one thing: Who’s the quarterback? It is a quarterbacks’ school, after all, and quarterbacks have defined the best moments for the Gators. Now, the choice is…

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