GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Jim McElwain didn’t wait for the question, dealing a preemptive update to anyone hoping he might be ready to name a starting quarterback.
With the Gators’ much-anticipated season opener against Michigan just a week and a half away, McElwain said Wednesday that he still has not made a decision.
“You’re going to see a bunch of them in there playing. The three of them have done a real good job. I’m not naming a starter right now,” he said. “I think there are some things that they all bring to the table that are really good. Now I think the key for us is putting them in those positions that play to their strengths. Will all of them play? I don’t know yet. Will a couple of them play? I don’t know yet. I know we will have somebody at the position.”
Redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks, graduate transfer newcomer Malik Zaire and 2016 starter Luke Del Rio all remain in the mix.
“Don’t read into this we’re not happy with where we’re at,” McElwain said. “It’s more so the competition has brought out some really good things. … Ultimately, (it will be) the guy the teams moves with the best, the guy who creates positive things on third down and gets the ball in the end zone. That’s where we’re at.”
He reiterated later that he thinks “they’re all going to play” and avoided a question about whether splitting reps between three quarterbacks this late in the preseason is an obstacle of any kind.
He also was asked if there was any element of gamesmanship or mind games for Michigan involved in the delayed decision.
“Absolutely definitively not doing that. There are no mind games,” McElwain said. “Write what you’ve got to write, do what you’ve got to do. I’ve told you the answer, but definitively that is a true statement.”
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