Florida freshman QB Will Grier has missed two weeks of practice battling back spasms, and while he's practiced this week and is expected to be ready to play, offensive coordinator Kurt Roper said there is always a slight concern when a player is dealing with a back injury.
"Well you're always concerned with any injury and the back is obviously a difficult one," Roper said. "If you're like me, i got a little weight on the front so sometimes that puts a little strain on teh back. I'll never forget I was about 18 years old and I went fishing and spent all night fishing one night and I put my foot up on the side of the boat, and we were just catching fish all night and it wasn't really anything real straining you know. And I went home, I was 18 or 17 or whatever playing high school football still and go up the next morning to go workout and I couldn't bend over and turn the sink on to brush my teeth. I said, 'Ok. This might be a problem.' Obviously the back is important. He's done a good job and he's looked normal to me. He's looked fine. He's got the same tempo and explosiveness in the arm. He's got the same movement skills. I don't see any limitations physically so he's done a good job. He missed enough time, but he wasn't out of meetings. He didn't miss a meeting, but he wasn't able to get reps during that time like he'd been able to do. So you lose a little bit there but he's had a good week."
Grier and sophomore Skyler Mornhinweg have both taken reps in practice this week, coach Will Muschamp said. Muschamp has not said publicly who will be considered Jeff Driskel's backup when the Gators host LSU Saturday night.