Since it signed Tim Tebow in 2006, Florida hasn't been all that successful at recruiting the quarterback position. Whether you chalk it up to bad evaluations, bad player development or bad luck, the Gators simply haven't gotten much productivity.
Florida has signed four more QBs since Tyler Murphy came aboard in 2010.
Here's a look at their signees since Tebow ...
-John Brantley: Two-year starter (2010, '11) that put up average numbers for two mediocre offenses. Team won combined 15 games those two years.
-Cam Newton: Was two-year backup, got into trouble in 2008 and transferred to Blinn College. In 2010, landed at Auburn, won Heisman Trophy and led team to BCS national title. First-round pick now in the NFL.
-Jordan Reed: Began his college career at QB, but moved to tight end permanently after Will Muschamp's arrival in Gainesville. Now with the NFL's Washington Redskins.
-Trey Burton: Initially was a QB for the Gators, but has since moved to receiver. Still sees action in the Wildcat from time to time.
-Tyler Murphy: Was career backup until starting QB Jeff Driskel sustained season-ending injury in Week 3 of 2013. Has battled injuries himself, and ranks only 80th nationally in pass efficiency.
-Jacoby Brissett: Spent two seasons in Gainesville -- mostly as a backup -- and transferred to N.C. State.
-Jeff Driskel: Sustained season-ending injury in Week 3. Has only 14 TD passes and three 200-yard passing games in three seasons.
-Skyler Mornhinweg: Third-string QB has started two games with others injured.
-Max Staver: Has not yet thrown a pass in a game at Florida.
Gator fans hope Will Grier will ultimately be the answer at QB.
Not surprisingly, with Florida getting little from its quarterbacks, its offense has struggled post-Tebow.
Enter Will Grier, a 2014 Florida commit the entire Gators fanbase is anxious to get on campus. He's a five-star pro-style quarterback in the industry generated 247Sports Composite from Davidson Day (N.C.) High.
One of six finalists for the U.S. Army National Player of the Year Award, Grier has won three state titles, is the all-time touchdown leader in North Carolina (195) and passed for 14,565 yards in his prep career.
Despite having an awful year, Florida is expected to keep Grier, and he plans to enroll there in January. The last Florida quarterback from North Carolina was Chris Leak. He won a national title in Gainesville.
Once in Gainesville, Grier undoubtedly will face an enormous amount of pressure.
Can Grier, who has a big, accurate arm and good mobility, contribute early? Is he capable of helping turn Florida's beleaguered offense around? Can he push Driskel and Murphy for the starting job in 2014?
In the process, can he save Muschamp's job, presuming he, in fact, is back in 2014?
Time will tell.
Daron Payne will be one of the big names in attendance at the Iron Bowl.
Bur for Florida the bottom line is, the Gators can't afford any more QB misses at the moment.
IRON BOWL ABUNDANCE
-As you might imagine, this Saturday's Alabama-Auburn game at Jordan-Hare Stadium will have a ridiculous amount of talent on hand. That's no surprise. Not only is this a great, intense rivalry, but this year there are national championship stakes on the line for both programs.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 247Sports had confirmed more than two dozen players with ratings of four stars or better will attend the game. That number is expected to possibly double by kickoff.
Three of the top four 2015 in-state prospects are expected, including five-star talents Daron Payne, a defensive tackle, and Kerryon Johnson, a running back/athlete. Payne currently favors the Tide, but grew up an Auburn fan. Auburn, Alabama and Florida State stand out for Johnson, who could play on either side of the ball in college but prefers offense.
Another intriguing recruit to watch: 2014 defensive tackle Elisha Shaw of the Atlanta area. A U.S. Army All-American, he missed the 2013 season with a neck injury, and colleges are waiting to hear more about his long-term prognosis. If cleared by doctors, look for a lot of big programs to ramp things up. That includes Auburn.
-A big turnout also is expected at Clemson-South Carolina in Columbia. One player to watch is four-star defensive linemen Dexter Wideman, who committed to FSU back in the summer. Some believe he could flip to the Gamecocks.
Will Dexter Wideman flip to South Carolina?
Wesley Green, a 2014 cornerback, and Arden Key, a 2015 tight end/defensive back, also are expected at the game. The Atlanta-area teammates were both South Carolina commitments at one time. Green is now between the Gamecocks and Georgia, with both sides having reasons for optimism. Key said he doesn't plan on making a final call for awhile.
Among 2015 players headed to the game, defensive tackle Albert Huggins is among the biggest names. He's a top-50 kid. Right now, it looks like a Clemson-South Carolina battle with the Tigers maybe having the edge at the moment.
-Five-star receiver D'haquille Williams of Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C., once was an LSU commit. Then, he de-committed. Then, he committed to Auburn. Now, he appears to be wavering. Williams, who seems impressed by LSU's passing attack, says the two Tigers are running neck and neck. He'll visit Auburn this weekend, then make a final call Monday. He will be a January enrollee at whichever school he ultimately chooses.
-Georgia has 17 verbals and probably won't sign above 21. Something UGA fans should keep an eye on is the recruitment of receiver Shakenneth Williams, who continues to be aggressively pursued by Vanderbilt. The Commodores have done well in Georgia during James Frankin's tenure in Nashville.
-Things are looking up for Missouri in its recruitment of St. Louis (Mo.) University Top247 cornerback Raymond Wingo. Instead of officialing to Arkansas the weekend of Dec. 14, the 5-foot-10, 174-pound Wingo will official to Mizzou. Right now, the Tigers, who only have a few remaining spots, are trending big time on the 247Sports Crystal Ball for Wingo, who gushed about the atmosphere in Columbia, Mo., during a recent interview.
-Look for a flurry of activity at Arkansas with its offensive line recruiting in the coming weeks. The Razorbacks have 17 verbals, but only one is an offensive linemen. They'd like to take at least three more. One to watch: Brian Wallace of St. Louis (Mo.). He's a four-star that will officially visit in December. Arkansas seems to be very much in the hunt.