The eighth ranked Gator football team is getting ready to take on the sixth ranked LSU Tigers this weekend in Baton Rouge, making it the first time since 2012 Florida has played in a top 10 match up.
Sophomore quarterback Treon Harris will start this Saturday at Tiger Stadium after Florida announced on Monday Will Grier’s one year suspension for violating NCAA rules in admitting he took a banned supplement.
Harris started in the season opener for the Gators this year against New Mexico State and also started the final six games of last year, accumulating a 5-2 record in that span.
“He’s handling it pretty well. I think in any situation, a guy like that, a guy with experience should handle it well,” said offensive lineman Trip Thurman. “We’re there for him and we support Will and we’re ready for LSU.”
Tiger Stadium will be the toughest environment of the entire season for the Gators as they travel to Baton Rouge for a night game at Death Valley. But Florida players believe this can be a great opportunity for them and they are hoping to thrive in that environment.
“When you got an atmosphere like that, you get jittery and juiced and it helps you out a little bit but you know it’s going to be a good environment for both sides and we’re just going to go out and play the best we can,” said senior defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard.
Florida will look to win its first game at Tiger Stadium since 2009, when the Gators a guy who wore number 15 playing quarterback.