GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Jim McElwain has made a decision in the Gators’ prolonged three-man quarterback competition.
But he’s not going to tell anybody just yet, saying he’d prefer to keep Michigan guessing ahead of the teams’ opener Saturday in Arlington, Texas.
“The quarterback situation, we have a plan. It’s in place. I’m not going to tell you what it is. There’s no reason to ask,” McElwain said. “We’re excited about that. We’ll leave that for them to guess as well.”
Malik Zaire, who arrived this summer as a graduate transfer from Notre Dame, redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks and 2016 starter Luke Del Rio have been rotating with the first-team offense this preseason while competing for that top spot on the depth chart.
McElwain has closed practice to the media this week to further reinforce the secrecy around the position.
“They’re going to prepare obviously for the read option stuff and quarterback run stuff as well as being able to keep a guy in the pocket. At the same time they’ve got to prepare for those other guys throwing it down the field,” he said.
McElwain acknowledged the quarterback plan he has in place for Michigan could be different in future weeks.
“I think you’re absolutely correct there. I think it will evolve as we go,” he said. “I know it’s one of those deals that obviously is as important as anything because of that position, but you know what, I’m really kind of more concerned where we’re at up front and how much better we’ve become there that will enable us to open some stuff up.”
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