Will Grier still hasn’t found a new school to play for, but more details have emerged about why the former Florida quarterback left The Swamp in the first place.
The major reason for Grier’s transfer: The rising sophomore was not assured of keeping his starting spot once he had finished serving his one-year suspension, The Gainesville Sun’s Pat Dooley explained on 1010XL/92.5 FM in Jacksonville.
“They wanted guarantees and they weren’t going to be offered,” Dooley said on the show. “I don’t think there was a real angst in the UF coaching staff that Will Grier left.”
Grier, whose suspension stemmed from the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs, wouldn’t have been eligible until midseason.
“They came in there, the father came in there, and said ‘What’s the plan to get Will back into the lineup?’” Dooley said. “And they’re like ‘There is no plan, he can’t even rep until the seventh week.’ Florida was kind of taking the approach of ‘What are you thinking?’ I mean he’s not eligible. You can’t step in from non-eligibility and be a starter.”
The Gators started the season 6-0 behind Grier’s 1,204 yards and 10 touchdowns. But that momentum was thwarted when Grier was busted for taking a banned “over-the-counter supplement,” in October. Florida inserted sophomore Treon Harris into the lineup and went 4-4 down the stretch, concluding the season on a three-game losing skid during which the offense scored only 24 points.
Dooley told the show that Grier may wait until spring practice concludes before making a decision. Grier’s options are limited however, as he cannot transfer to another SEC school.