Treon Harris Named Gators Starting QB Against Georgia Bulldogs


The Georgia Bulldogs and Florida Gators are getting ready to tangle in their annual Jacksonville party in just over a week, and embattled Florida coach Will Muschamp has announced that freshman Treon Harris will be his starting quarterback for that game.

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Harris, who has played in three games and saw his most extended playing time in last week’s 42-13 Homecoming loss to Missouri, will be replacing fourth-year junior Jeff Driskel, who has thrown nine interceptions and lost two fumbles in the last four games.

“Treon, you saw what he did late in the game,” Muschamp said via “He has a knack for making plays and making some good things happen for our football team. We’ve struggled with production at the quarterback position and that’s been an issue for us.

“We’ve got an open week where he is getting a bunch of reps. Right now we felt like that was the best move moving forward.”

This could be viewed as a last-ditch effort by Muschamp to cling to what seems to be a thread of hope for keeping his job as Florida’s head coach. The Gators, who have struggled offensively for two straight seasons, will have to try and generate some sort of offense against a Georgia team who is one of the nation’s top scoring offenses.

Harris does bring a much different feel to the game than does Driskel, but the veteran Georgia defensive line and relentless pass rush may prove to rattle the freshman early on in the game.