Just as the Florida Gators were starting to get their chomp back like Gator teams in the past, this happens. Redshirt freshman QB, Will Grier, has reportedly been suspended by the NCAA for the remainder of the season due to failed drug tests. A failed test requires a suspension of a full calendar year. Which means, the suspension could actually be for more than the rest of the season and cost him several games next season. Grier, and the University of Florida are expected to appeal, but would remain ineligible during the appeal process. Which could take who knows how long, knowing the NCAA’s tendency to drag out matters like this.
The timing of this couldn’t have been worse. Florida now ranked 8th in the latest polls, and in complete control of their destiny in the SEC East, are staring at a tough trip to Baton Rouge to play LSU on Saturday. Now, Treon Harris, a sophomore who played quite a bit last season and was in competition with Grier for the starting role this year will take over. Harris, is capable, but this looked more and more like Grier’s team as each week went by. It will be interesting to see how Harris handles the pressure. Ironically, Harris was coming off a suspension of his own last season when Florida faced LSU, and didn’t play.
Grier, and the Gators weren’t necessarily rolling offensively, but they were much improved from the last couple of seasons under Will Muschamp. A press conference from the University of Florida is upcoming at 2:30 eastern time.
Updated: Oct. 12, 2015 – 2:10pm
During head coach, Jim McElwain’s press conference it was revealed that Grier took an over-the-counter supplement that ‘had something in it’. A noticeably shaken Grier, admitted at the presser that he did not contact the school’s athletic department to see if the contents of the supplement were within NCAA regulations. He said, he’s sorry for his mistake. McElwain, confirmed the university would be appealing.
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