Florida’s offense may have been on the rise, but it was also dealing with an injury problem in the backfield.
Florida’s backfield is not healthy.
The Gators’ first-year quarterback will be starting this week in the debut game of his career against Auburn.
“It’s an opportunity for us to show what we can do, because we’re the only team in the country that is getting to that level right now,” quarterback Treon Harris said, per the Tampa Bay Times.
Harris’ role in the offense has been limited, but his performance this week has been more than adequate.
He’s completed 29 of 41 passes for 371 yards and two touchdowns.
He also rushed for 42 yards.
It’s a good start, and Harris has been a big reason for the Gators’ success thus far.
If you’re looking for the top Gators running backs in terms of stats, Harris is second in the SEC behind running back Treon Hightower, per Pro Football Focus.
That might be a bit much for you to give to the Florida tailback, but he is leading the league in rushing with 9.5 yards per carry.
That number ranks second among running backs, behind Florida’s Tevin Coleman.
Florida’s offense has also struggled against SEC opponents.
The Gators have allowed an average of 200.3 yards per game through seven games, per ESPN Stats & Info.
They have yet to allow a touchdown against the SEC’s top five teams, but they have faced at least one top-five team.