Jim McElwain Vague On Leader In Florida Quarterback Battle


Florida head coach Jim McElwain was vague on who is leading the quarterback position battle, but that it is sorting itself out.


Florida will have its hands full in the season opener, with a battle against Michigan awaiting the Gators at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Wolverines should boast one of the top defenses in the nation once again, while Jim McElwain’s team hopes to find its footing on offense.

With Florida’s spring game coming up, the Gators are not going to tip their hand at any possible new quirks in the offensive game plan.

“We don’t need Michigan seeing what we’re doing,” McElwain said. “We’ll be fairly vanilla, but the good thing is being vanilla you see how the guys play without the scheme part of it.”

The big question concerning the Gators is who will be the starting quarterback once the season begins, and McElwain was vague while also saying the battle between Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask is working itself out.

“We should know a lot. I think it’s starting to sort itself out, and the natural question is, ‘Well, what’s sorting itself out?’ You’ll find out,” McElwain said.

Here are some other notable quotes from McElwain’s time with the media on Monday.

On importance of spring game

“It’s another opportunity. Is it the end all? Absolutely not. We have a body of work, plus what we do over the summer and into fall camp. There again, it’s another opportunity and that’s the way it’s gotta be approached. I will say I’m excited how they’re playing. It’s been good, we’ve been able to stretch it really good.”

On practice this past week

“Really good last week. I thought work-wise we were able to get Friday’s scrimmage, I felt we made some real strides in some areas as far as taking care of the football, especially in the passing game. I thought some guys came up with some explosive plays, which was good. Both quarterbacks had their moments really moving the (offense), which was good. … The good thing is really there were no injuries.”

On development of tight end Kemore Gamble

“He’ll be a factor. As of right now, he’ll be playing. He’s just got to continue the communication piece, especially in the blocking stuff we need to do. But here’s the thing I like about him, is he’s willing. When the guy has got courage, he doesn’t back down. He’s got as good of hand-eye coordination, great ball skills as probably anybody on our team.”

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