College Fantasy Football Preview: SEC East QBs
Southeastern Conference – East Division
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QBs Will Grier / Treon Harris – Florida Gators
The decision to lure new HC Jim McElwain from last seasons eighth-ranked passing offense of Colorado State to revamp Florida’s own 104th-ranking offers Gainesville significant hope to return to SEC dominance. The offensive line will be entirely revamped, but OC Doug Nussmeier immediately took to the recruiting trail to not only secure five-star RT Montez Ivey, but five additional offensive players with four-star expectations. Quite possibly the most important piece to complete the puzzle was brought in by the previous regime and he spent the 2014 season donning a redshirt.
That distinction falls upon Grier (6’2”, 201 pounds), who posted a 78% completion percentage (C%) during the teams spring scrimmage, and led the starting offense on three TD-ending drives. Grier is quite possibly the most exciting redshirt-freshman, for fantasy purposes, in the entire country. He possesses 4.65-speed, with equally impressive elusiveness, and athleticism for days (31.3” vertical). While attending Davidson Day High School during his 2013 senior season (game tape), Grier passed for 4,989 yards (383.8 YPG), with a dominant 70.4 C%, and, no need to check your eyes, 77 TDs to 11 INTs. If those numbers weren’t impressive enough, he also rushed for 1,251 yards, on 10.9 yards/carry (AVG), and 13 additional TDs.
When you consider Grier also kicked 31 field goals and recorded a 45.8 yard punting average, the magnitude of his athletic potential may begin to take shape. You might be thinking Grier was just having a great season and that you will need more to persuade your opinion. Fair enough. During Grier’s junior season of high school ball in 2012, he actually overshadowed those numbers with 5,785 passing yards (445.0 YPG), an unstoppable 78.3 C%, and 69 TDs to only 6 INTs. Of course, he also added 813 rushing yards, an 8.8 AVG, and 8 more TDs. The unfortunate casualty from Grier’s fine play is Harris (5’11”, 195 pounds), who possesses fantastic 4.48-speed and an exceptional 32.2” vertical.
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