Will Grier’s father fired back at rumors that the quarterback decided to transfer to West Virginia after the Florida coaching staff refused to guarantee that Grier would have a starting job following his suspension.
Chad Grier, a high school coach at Davidson Day (N.C.), said his son’s decision to transfer from Florida instead came because the quarterback felt unwanted by the program.
“I tell kids all the time there’s no guarantees in life,” Chad Grier told Justin Parker of Saturday Down South. “I tell them to win the tiebreakers, put yourself in position to earn it. The last thing in the world I expected was for him to be given anything.
“All he was looking for was a few minutes for McElwain to reassure him and say, ‘We want you here, you’re a big part of our future.’ However that works out, whatever it is — ‘It’s important you’re a part of our program. We want you here.’ It never got close to that.”
As a redshirt freshman, Grier led the Gators to a 6-0 start before he was handed a one-year suspension in October for taking a banned over-the-counter supplement. In the first six games of the season, Grier completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 1,204 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.
With Grier sidelined, the Florida offense struggled with Treon Harris at quarterback, who completed 50.6 percent of his pass attempts, totalling nine touchdowns and six interceptions. Harris has since moved to wide receiver, and Florida has a competition between Luke Del Rio, Austin Appleby, Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask for the starting job in 2016.
Two weeks ago, Pat Dooley of The Gainesville Sun said that Grier wanted coaches to guarantee him his spot in the starting lineup again, even after sitting out during his suspension.
“They wanted guarantees and they weren’t going to be offered,” Dooley said on 1010XL/92.5 FM in Jacksonville. “I don’t think there was a real angst in the UF coaching staff that Will Grier left.”
Grier will sit out the 2016 season due to transfer rules and be eligible to return to the field in 2017.