Florida will suspend starting quarterback Will Grier for the remainder of the season for an NCAA rules violation. Gridiron Now’s Mike Huguenin first reported the news.
UPDATE No. 1: Grier has issued a statement regarding his suspension. In it, he admitted to taking an over-the-counter supplement.
UPDATE No. 2: Florida coach Jim McElwain confirmed Grier’s suspension and addressed it with the media.
UPDATE No. 3: Figures from around the college football community reacted to this huge news.
UPDATE NO. 4: Grier is suspended for a calendar year, per NCAA rules. McElwain said the university will support Grier’s appeal of the decision. If the appeal is denied, Grier will be suspended for the first six games of next season as well.
Grier has started the past five games for the No. 8-ranked Gators. He has 1,204 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions for Florida, which is 6-0 and faces No. 6 LSU in Death Valley on Saturday.
Treon Harris started the opening game of the season for Florida, but Grier, a redshirt freshman from Davidson, N.C., has started the past five contests.
The Gators have been one of the most surprising teams in the nation under McElwain. Florida defeated then-No. 3 Ole Miss, 38-10, in The Swamp to move up to No. 11 in the AP Top 25 poll last week. The team then moved up to No. 8 after Saturday’s 21-3 win at Missouri.
Harris has completed 19-of-27 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns this season. He was suspended for the Tennessee game because of what McElwain called a violation of team rules. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported that it stemmed from a failed drug test.
Florida will announce this afternoon that QB Will Grier has been suspended for the rest of the season for a violation of NCAA rules.
— Mike Huguenin (@MikeHuguenin) October 12, 2015
— Ben Murphy (@B_murph4) October 12, 2015
If Will Grier's appeal is denied, he’s out 1 calendar year, so he would also miss Florida’s 1st 6 games in 2016
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 12, 2015
NCAA clarifies rule, says QB Will Grier would return as a redshirt sophomore in 2016, not a junior as many thought
— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) October 12, 2015