Gators add much-needed QB depth in Grier, Harris
Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:21 p.m.
Florida coach Will Muschamp signed two Rivals100 quarterbacks in 2011, his first recruiting class at UF.
After both played as true freshmen, Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel battled for the started job throughout spring and fall training camp. The competition continued into the 2012 season, creating a complicated situation and undoubtedly some division on offense, as players gravitated toward one quarterback or the other.
Driskel eventually got the nod and led the Gators to an 11-2 record, and Brissett transferred to N.C. State after the season.
Florida could find itself in that predicament again with Wednesday's signings of early enrollee Will Grier and Treon Harris, who flipped from Florida State.
Despite the potential for another quarterback controversy in the future, Muschamp did not hesitate when he had the opportunity to bring in another pair of Rivals100 quarterbacks.
“Well, competition is the best motivator, and there's no question those guys will both work,” Muschamp said. “They're both winners. Treon won two state championships there at Booker T., one of the best high school programs in the country. And I've known his father, Ice, for a long time. He does an outstanding job.
“We're excited about Will on campus and Skyler (Mornhinweg) and Jeff. You want to have four quarterbacks on scholarship. Then you want to sign one every year because of the attrition sometimes you go through at that position. But having both of those quality players is exciting.”