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Florida vs. Kentucky: Gators announce Will Grier will start at quarterback

Florida's redshirt freshman may have the upper hand in the Gators' quarterback battle, but it sure doesn't seem like it's totally over.

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Florida redshirt freshman Will Grier will make his second consecutive start at quarterback when the Gators travel to Kentucky on Saturday, the school announced on Thursday.

Grier made his first collegiate start last Saturday against East Carolina, and completed 10 of 17 passes for 151 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. He played Florida's first four series before being replaced by Treon Harris, who completed just five of seven passes for 54 yards against the Pirates; both quarterbacks played in both the first and second halves of the Gators' 31-24 win, with Harris playing the final offensive series of the game.

Both quarterbacks still rank in the top 20 nationally in passer rating, and Grier is 26-for-35 for 317 yards, four touchdowns and an interception, while Harris is 19-for-27 for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Both passers have also acquitted themselves nicely as runners, with Harris racking up 55 rushing yards and Grier tallying 53.

Florida coach Jim McElwain said earlier in the week that he "foresees" playing both quarterbacks against Kentucky, and Florida's announcement of Grier's start notes that "the Gators have a plan to play both quarterbacks Saturday," so this shouldn't be seen as McElwain's installation of Grier as a permanent starter.

And that's sure to vex Florida fans, many of whom have grown somewhat tired of the limbo both quarterbacks have dealt with since spring practice.