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Kurt Roper saw something special in Gators QB Treon Harris



After Kurt Roper was hired as Florida's offensive coordinator back in January, one of the players he went out and recruited was Miami QB Treon Harris.

So what exactly did Roper see in Harris? A playmaker.

"I think he was a guy that made a lot of plays and that's what it really gets down to," Roper said. "He was a decisive quarterback when you watched him in high school, whether he was going to make decisions in the passing game or decision in running the football versus a good pass rusher or whatever it was. But I think I saw a decisive football player. He's working hard to get better every day and he's obviously a talented guy that has a really strong arm, a fast arm and can make plays with his feet."

Harris has been named the Gators' backup QB for Saturday night's season-opener vs. Idaho, but coach Will Muschamp said that position remains a week-to-week process and no decisions have been made concerning redshirting freshman Will Grier.

As for the Gators' offense on Saturday night, Roper is eager to find out how ready the Gators are for this season.

"Well, I think when the lights come on, that changes everything. It makes it real. So you learn about players individually, how they handle it. You learn if some of the schemes that you've been teaching are ready to go necessarily, if they handle all of the changes. You try to cross every T and dot every I in everything that you're doing schematically, but you can't prepare them for everything. There's going to be something Idaho throws out there that we haven't worked on. So you hope your rules take effect and take advantage of that and you can still execute it. But then you start learning what they really have a great grasp of and what they don't and where you need to trim and where you can keep going."



[Last modified: Friday, August 29, 2014 11:32am]


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