iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) — In the midst of a tough season, the Florida Gators decided to make a change: Florida head coach Will Muschamp named true freshman Treon Harris the team’s starting quarterback.
Harris takes over for fourth year junior Jeff Driskel.
Harris was suspended earlier this season while police investigated an accusation of sexual battery from another student. Five days after the suspension was announced, Harris was reinstated because the accuser withdrew her complaint.
Last week, Harris came into the game against Missouri in the fourth quarter, completing 8-of-12 passes for 98 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for a three yard touchdown.
“You saw what he did late in the game,” Muschamp said Wednesday. “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 along with others. Been a huge issue for us.”
Despite Harris being named starter, Muschamp says Driskel still has a role with the Gators (3-3, 2-3 SEC).
Florida is on a bye this week. Their next game is Nov. 1 in Jacksonville versus Georgia.
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