After a 3-3 start to the 2014 college football season, Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp has named freshman Treon Harris the starting quarterback for the team’s Week 10 matchup against the Georgia Bulldogs.
Robbie Andreu of The Gainesville Sun shared the news Wednesday:
Muschamp plans on using the Week 9 bye to get Harris plenty of practice with the first-team offense, according to OnlyGators.com:
Harris takes over for struggling junior Jeff Driskel. While Muschamp claims Driskel will play a role in the offense, he has only thrown for 928 yards with six touchdowns against 10 interceptions. He's also rushed for just 155 yards with two touchdowns in six games.
In limited action during three games this season as Driskel’s backup, Harris is 12-of-18 for 263 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Add in another 51 yards and a touchdown on the ground, and the freshman has shown he can make a difference when on the field.
The Gators are giving Harris the best opportunity to succeed by naming him starter now. With two weeks to prepare for a meeting with Georgia’s 19th-ranked defensive unit (allowing just 20 points per game), Harris has the chance to make an instant impact for Florida.
Remaining matchups against South Carolina and Florida State during the regular season will be a trial by fire should he keep the starting job, but he'll have more experience under his belt by then.
*Stats via ESPN.com.