GAINESVILLE, Fla. – It’s being reported that redshirt freshman Florida quarterback Will Grier is expected to be suspended for the rest of the 2015 season for a violation of NCAA rules.
UPDATE: Grier suspended for the rest of the season, per Gridironnow.com’s Mike Huguenin (h/t Deadspin).
Gridironnow.com was the first to release the report, saying that the Gators have moved back their normal Monday press conference and are now expected to announce the decision to suspend Grier at 2:30 p.m. At first, the violation was unknown, or at least not reported, but ESPN’s Brett McMurphy shed some light on the situation with a tweet shortly after the news broke:
Florida QB Will Grier suspended for season for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, source told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 12, 2015
If these reports are true, which they almost certainly are, this will go down as a huge loss for head coach Jim McElwain and the Florida Gators. McElwain has the Gators playing great football, currently 5-0 after beating No. 3 Ole Miss 38-10 at The Swamp and then travelling to Mizzou to dispatch the Tigers 21-3. Grier had been a big part of Florida’s success, so the impact of losing him this season can’t be overstated.
The redshirt freshman from Davidson, N.C. has thrown for 10 touchdowns compared to three interceptions in 2015, and that included four touchdowns in the first half against the Rebels. Of course, with allegations of testing positive for performance enhancing drugs on the table his play this season will end up becoming incredibly tainted, so Florida will be doing the right thing by suspending him for the rest of the season.
The Gators would be smart to distance themselves from this and provide whatever information possible when it comes to an investigation into Grier’s actions. The Gators program has battled perception issues in the past, and if McElwain wants to keep the positive momentum in their favor he’s going to have to do everything he can to make sure that Florida’s success so far isn’t sullied by the alleged actions of his starting quarterback.
The best way to do that is to keep winning without Grier, and it’s well worth noting that in the win over Missouri, it was the rushing game and defense that led the way for the Gators.
Sophomore quarterback Treon Harris will reportedly get the nod for Florida this week for the Gators’ big road game against Top 10 LSU in Week 7.
AP source: Gators QB Will Grier suspended indefinitely for violating NCAA policy on banned drugs (PEDs). Treon Harris to start at LSU
— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) October 12, 2015
Harris has thrown for 269 and two touchdowns this season in action from Florida’s first two games of the season.