For Christian Provancha, being fourth-string Gators QB is just fine
The way injuries have taken a toll on the Florida Gators this season, there's no telling who might get a chance to play.
At least that's the way Christian Provancha sees it.
Provancha is a senior walk-on QB from Cocoa who began the season way down on the depth chart. No. 4 to be exact.
But with injuries to starter Jeff Driskel and second-string QB Tyler Murphy, Provancha is technically at No. 2 right now behind Skyler Mornhinweg.
"I came here for academics and hoped I could contribute to the team,' Provancha said. "That’s (last week at South Carolina) the first game I really felt like I had the opportunity to possibly contribute. Everyone hopes to be in this situation where you have the opportunity to contribute, but not like this. You want to work your way up the ladder with skill. We’ve been plagued by injury and stuff, but I was just really happy to be able to show that I’m there for the team and stuff like that. And give everyone a better idea of what I’ve got, get a few more reps. It felt good being out there. But it was a little nerve-wracking.. . I’m just very appreciative of the coaches and the players and their trust.”
Provancha is a 6-foot-6 QB who said he had limited offers coming out of high school, including Florida A&M. He's an environmental science major who will graduate in the spring, and also plays piano and guitar. He's played on the scout team, and at one point was even listed as a receiver when the Gators' depth chart was low.
Provancha said he doesn't wish for the opportunity to play when the Gators host Georgia Southern on Saturday because that would mean Murphy's injured shoulders haven't healed, and a new injury to Mornhinweg.
However, Provancha believes he could play if necessary.
"Oh, absolutely,' He said. "Practice, I've heard it from Jeff, I've heard it from Murphy, and they say once you step on the field you'll be nervous your first play or two. But practice you've got, you know, your boss (coach) eight feet behind you screaming in your ear. In the game day you have 90,000 eyes - maybe 70,000 this week - I don't know. But a lot of eyes on you, but that goes away. . . Practice really helps the way we practice around here. So I think I'd be fine."