Florida Gators To Appeal Will Grier’s Suspension For Banned Substance

    The Florida Gators will appeal quarterback Will Grier's suspension for a banned substance, according to head coach Jim McElwain.

    October 12, 2015


    The Florida Gators announced on Monday afternoon that redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier is suspended for taking an over-the-counter substance.

    According to Grier, who was emotional while addressing the media, he didn’t check with Florida’s staff prior to taking the supplement.

    Initial reports stated that Grier would be suspended for the remainder of the season, however Florida plans on appealing the ruling. Grier will remain ineligble during the appeal process. If UF loses the appeal, he’ll have to sit for the rest of 2015 and six games into the 2016 season. 

    McElwain said that it was an honest mistake, and that the Gators fully support Grier.

    “We feel for him,” stated McElwain. “We feel his pain. He had a chance to address the team and spoke from the heart.”

    “We’re here for him.”

    McElwain also discussed the team’s reaction to hearing the news from Grier.

    “They hugged him. They care about him. And they appreciated his honesty.”

    Sophomore quarterback Treon Harris will now be given the reins to Florida’s undefeated season. The Gators will travel into Baton Rouge to face No. 6 LSU in a night game on Saturday. Fortunately for the Gators, McElwain has continued to keep Harris involved in the offense throughout the season.

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