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Florida's Quarterback Woes Continue With Suspension of Treon Harris

Will Muschamp

Will Muschamp

Florida’s offense has hit another speed bump, as true freshman quarterback Treon Harris has been indefinitely suspended from the team due to an off-the-field incident. With Harris suspended, the Gators are expected to start Jeff Driskel in Saturday night’s game against LSU.

According to an official statement from the school, Harris is accused of sexual assault on Sunday morning.

Harris was one of the few bright spots for the Gators in Saturday’s ugly 10-9 win over Tennessee. The true freshman completed 2 of 4 passes for 17 yards and added 24 yards on four carries.

While the final numbers weren’t overly impressive, Harris led Florida’s offense on its only scoring drives of the day.

Harris is expected to remain indefinitely suspended from the team pending the outcome of the investigation.

New coordinator Kurt Roper has struggled to get the Gators’ offense on track this year, as Florida is averaging just 5.2 yards per play and ranks 12th in the SEC in scoring.

Quarterback play has been a problem for Florida since Tim Tebow departed, as Florida has ranked 10th or worse in the SEC in scoring since 2012.

Roper was hired to install an offense that maximized the talents of Driskel, but the junior is completing just 54.7 percent of his throws and has tossed six picks to just five touchdowns.

Driskel started the year by posting big numbers (248 yards, 1 TD against Eastern Michigan and 295 yards and 3 TDs against Kentucky), but he has five interceptions and just 20 completions over the last two games.

If Driskel continues to struggle, Florida may have to turn to true freshman Will Grier.

With the struggles under center and limited offense, the Gators need a big effort from their defense and rushing attack against LSU on Saturday night.

Despite Florida’s win over Tennessee, coach Will Muschamp is squarely on the hot seat and needs to get the Gators back in a bowl to save his job for 2015.

With Harris indefinitely suspended, combined with a struggling Driskel expected to start, Muschamp’s long-term outlook isn’t improving with Florida’s continuing question marks at quarterback. 

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