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Florida Gators' QB battle could last into the season, and more scrimmage notes

Florida's quarterback competition might not be settled until the season opener.

Gators coach Jim McElwain said there's still little separation between sophomore Treon Harris and redshirt freshman Will Grier, even after Friday night's scrimmage.

"Those two guys are progression and, you know, no clear separation yet," McElwain said. "And that's OK. That's all right."

McElwain said both Harris and Grier moved the first-team offense well. Harris was a little more effective with the second unit, while Grier was better during situational parts.

"Right now, it's pretty even," said receiver Alvin Bailey (Armwood High).

McElwain expects to begin settling in on lineups and rotations next week, but that doesn't mean UF will have the quarterback situation finalized.

"Not necessarily," McElwain said. "We'll be OK if we go into it and kind of play and go from there and see who plays under the lights the best..."

If the Gators haven't decided on a starter before the Sept. 5 season opener against New Mexico State, McElwain said they could alternate quarterbacks every series or quarter.

"We'll see when we get there," McElwain said.

Other notes from Friday's scrimmage:

Safety Keanu Neal left with a leg injury, which McElwain said didn't appear to be too serious. OL Kavaris Harkless (ankle) also left early, and tight end Jake McGee was held out with a sore foot. OL Travaris Dorsey should be back from his injury early next week, and WR Raphael Andrades and WR Valdez Showers should also return soon from leg injuries.

McElwain said he kicked a defensive lineman out of the scrimmage due to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. "He's gone. That's the way it is," McElwain said. "Those are the unforced errors that have been the Achilles heel for a long time around here. I'm tired of it. If that's the way you're going to act, go sit on the bench. Somebody else can play."

Vernon Hargreaves III (Wharton High), Deiondre Porter (Jefferson High) and Jalen Tabor all had interceptions during the scrimmage.

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