The Will Grier era for the Florida Gators is over. Grier will transfer from the program, as confirmed by SEC Country.
This comes just days after Florida coach Jim McElwain said Grier would return to the team Jan. 5. He was away from the team after getting suspended for a full calendar year for performance-enhancing drugs. Grier appealed his suspension but ultimately lost his case on Nov. 20. He would have been eligible to play against Missouri on Oct. 15, 2016.
Shortly after the news broke about Grier’s decision to transfer from the program, the Gators’ official Twitter account confirmed the news in a brief statement.
“Will came to me about exploring his options to transfer,” McElwain said. “We will support him and help him in any way we can. This has been very difficult on him, and obviously he is looking for a fresh start. We will always be there for him as will all Gators.”
If he decides to transfer to another FBS program, Grier will have to sit out all of next season due to NCAA transfer rules. He would also have to serve the remainder of his suspension in 2017.
With the impending departure of Grier, Florida will be left with Treon Harris and Oregon State transfer Luke Del Rio. The Gators will also have true freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask on campus in January, as both quarterbacks are early enrollees.
Grier finished the 2015 season with 1,204 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. He started five games for the Gators this season before Harris took over starting duties.
Grier becomes the sixth Gators quarterback to transfer from the program in the past three years. Grier joins Jacoby Brissett (N.C. State), Max Staver (Houston Baptist), Tyler Murphy (Boston College), Jeff Driskel (Louisiana Tech) and Skyler Mornhinweg (Columbia) as ex-Gators.