The Florida Gators football season opens up on Saturday September 5th at home against New Mexico State at 7:30pm. Florida is looking to rebound in 2015 after having an underwhelming 2014 season finishing 7-5 and 4-4 in SEC play. While it wasn’t a terrible season, it was certainly not up to U of F normal football standards. New Mexico State opened last season 2-0 but lost their final 10 games. Florida will have Treon Harris under center to start but don’t be surprised if red-shirt freshmen Will Grier sees some action. The two have been battling this summer for the starting quarterback duties. Harris is a 5’11” sophomore who experienced some success last year after taking over for Jeff Driskel. Harris went 4-2 as the Gators quarterback and finished the season with 9 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He also added 332 yards rushing and 3 additional touchdowns on the ground.
After being the #2 running back for Florida playing behind Washington Redskin draftee Matt Jones, Kelvin Taylor is now the starting running back. Taylor ran for 565 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2014 at a 4.9 yards per carry clip. The Gators will also return their top receiving target in Demarcus Robinson, a 6’1 junior from Fort Valley, Georgia. Last year, Robinson finished with 833 yards on 53 receptions and 7 touchdowns. It’ll be interesting to see if he can greatly improve on these numbers without having the erratic Jeff Driskel at quarterback. Ahmad Fulwood will also start at receiver and figures to give Harris a great target to throw to. Although he only had 199 yard last season, Fulwood stands at 6’4″ and should make for a great red zone target. I fully expect the Gators to take care of business this week at home vs New Mexico State. Florida plays in the ever-so talented SEC whereas NM St. has struggled to keep up in the Sun Belt Conference.