Two Florida Gators doubtful for season opener

Jim McElwain by AP/Phil Sandlin

Jim McElwain (Phil Sandlin/AP)

Jim McElwain announced that sophomore Treon Harris would start for the Gators in the opener. Of course, it doesn’t mean Harris has won the full-time job. Will Grier will still play Saturday.

But it’s big enough news to lead today’s “Daily Three.” We also took a look at Florida’s injury report and McElwain’s sleep pattern.

1. Treon Harris named the starter: That headline is a little misleading because the Gators’ full-time starting quarterback is still to be determined. But Florida coach Jim McElwain announced Wednesday afternoon that Harris will start in Saturday’s season opener against New Mexico State at 7:30 p.m. While Harris will take the first snap, McElwain added that redshirt freshman Will Grier will also play “a lot” in the contest. “I wouldn’t read that much into it,” McElwain said. “Treon is going to start the football game and Will is going to play in that game a lot, too. This is still a painting in progress.” It’s still quite the accomplishment for Harris, though. He was reportedly behind Grier in the race for the starting job at the end of spring practice. It looks like fall camp has gone a little better for him. (Click here for more on McElwain’s decision to start Treon.)

2. Two Gators doubtful for opener: Florida likely won’t need them to beat New Mexico State on Saturday, but freshman offensive tackle Martez Ivey (knee) and junior safety Keanu Neal (leg) are doubtful to play in Saturday’s game. McElwain said they are recovering “at a good pace,” but returning in time for the opener might be asking too much from them. Both players are expected to contribute this season, as Ivey was listed as the backup left tackle and Neal was listed as one of the starting safeties on Florida’s Week 1 depth chart.

3. Does Jim McElwain sleep?: Believe it or not, McElwain’s sleep pattern had come up a few times during fall camp. He started the discussion when he mentioned that he had trouble sleeping the night before Florida’s first fall scrimmage. It has continued, as McElwain said Wednesday that he never sleeps well on Friday nights leading up to a game. “I guess the day that I probably sleep well on that night might be the day we get the heck out of this business and go do something else,” he said. I hope he sleeps well the rest of the week.

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