Florida quarterback Will Grier had been trying to get his year-long drug-related suspension reduced by the NCAA, but college football’s governing body will maintain its original stance.
Grier’s appeal was denied by the NCAA, the team confirmed via its official Twitter account Friday night. The ruling means that Gators fans will not be able to see the young quarterback take another snap until mid-October of next season.
Last month, Grier admitted to taking an over-the-counter supplement that was on the NCAA’s banned substances list. The freshman from Davidson, N.C., had at that point become the starter for a Gators team that began the season 6-0 thanks in no small part to his early success. Grier completed over 65 percent of his passes for 1,204 yards and 10 touchdowns through those six games.
As Grier went through the appeals process earlier this week, his family and friends publicly supported him by posing for a picture while wearing custom “Free Willy” shirts.