GatorBait.net’s Thomas Goldkamp was among the media members watching on Saturday, when Grier “stood head and shoulders above every quarterback on the field.”
Harris reportedly struggled with his accuracy, which was also a problem last season -- although the dual-threat quarterback still managed to lead the Gators to a 4-2 mark in his six starts. Nonetheless, he’ll have to put more throws on the money to hold off Grier, a former Parade Magazine national player of the year.
New Florida coach Jim McElwain likes to run a pro-style offense, and that system will require accuracy from his quarterback in order to function properly. Grier, who has bulked up to 215 pounds on a formerly wiry frame, possesses the passing skills to handle that requirement.
Maybe that makes Grier the frontrunner for the job, but Harris has a knack for moving the chains, somehow, some way. We can’t write him off completely yet.
Here are some other Florida preseason storylines from around the Gator beat:
Lane was the MVP of Florida’s Birmingham Bowl win by rushing for 109 yards against East Carolina. His departure leaves Kelvin Taylor at the top of the depth chart and a host of backs -- including Mark Herndon and freshmen Jordan Cronkite and Jordan Scarlett -- competing for playing time behind him.
The talent within the group is considerable, but the Gators don’t have much proven experience in the backfield.
• Freshman defensive end CeCe Jefferson already is drawing rave reviews with his potential as an edge rusher, according to the Orlando Sentinel’s Edgar Thompson. His development could be a key factor for Geoff Collins’ defense since the Gators lost star defensive end Dante Fowler to the pros after last season.
Jefferson is not the only Florida freshman to garner praise from veterans thus far in camp. According to the Gainesville Sun, offensive tackle Martez Ivey, center Tyler Jordan and receiver Antonio Callaway have also drawn some early compliments.
• Linebacker is another murky position for the Gators, largely because of the questionable status of star Antonio Morrison. McElwain credited Morrison for his work in returning from two knee surgeries, but acknowledged he doesn’t know when the all-SEC performer will be available.
Some positive news came Saturday when Morrison was a full participant in the portion of practice that was open to the media, according to Gator Country’s Nick De La Torre.
But despite Morrison’s rehab being ahead of schedule, it’s no guarantee that he will play this season. That would make the position more of a question mark and place greater responsibility on a potential breakout performer at linebacker, Alex Anzalone, among others.