Grier throws during a drill at the University of Florida's Friday Night Lights at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Friday July 26, 2013. (Brad McClenny/Staff photographer)

Florida quarterback Will Grier was on hand for Florida’s 31-17 win over Tennessee on Saturday.

It was his first visit to The Swamp since attending the LSU game last year, and he was happy to be back at his future home.

“It’s a great place to watch a game, much less play here,” Grier said. “I’m excited to get here. The crowd was unbelievable, it’s a college football town.”

The Army All-American was upset to see Jeff Driskel leave the first quarter with a season-ending injury, but the performance of Tyler Murphy and the offense impressed him.

“I think they performed well,” he said. “Sometimes you have to deal with adversity, and that sometimes shows you what your real character is. I think Murphy coming in, he did real well picking up where Driskel left off and I think overall the team did well. Putting up 31 points against another SEC school is a successful day.

“I hate it for Driskel, that’s tough. Prayers go out from me to him and his family and everybody else. Like I said, Murphy stepped in, did well and from now on it’s going to be his team and I think he’ll be alright.”

Grier also praised the play-calling of offensive coordinator Brent Pease. He has noticed receivers getting open for UF this season, but sometimes they’re not being found.

“I definitely see that,” Grier said. “I think Pease does a really good job. The chemistry between the quarterback and OC is huge, and then the chemistry between quarterback and receivers is huge. So I think all of that may have not come together. They’re still building and working on it.”

The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder from Davidson (N.C.) plans to officially visit for Florida’s football banquet weekend and attend the Arkansas and Florida State games.

He will be an early enrollee in January.

“Redshirt is the plan right now,” Grier said. “We’re kind of playing by ear, but redshirt would be best for me, so we will see.”

“I’m focused on school and working out first, just getting my body ready, getting prepared mentally, learning the playbook and just getting into the swing of things.”

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