One day after jumping into the top ten for the first time in over two years, the Florida Gators learned that starting quarterback Will Grier has been suspended for using an over-the-counter substance banned by the NCAA.
It was apparent something was going on when head coach Jim McElwain’s Monday morning press appearance was postponed until the afternoon.
When he took the podium he looked concerned and announced the suspension due to failing an NCAA mandated test.
Will Grier also took the podium and gave a brief statement.
“I took an over-the-counter supplement that had something in it,” Grier said shakily. “I’m really, really sorry to everyone. Just really sorry.”
“We feel for him. We feel his pain,” McElwain said.
Grier is out for this weekend’s game at LSU and is likely out for the season.
Barring some kind of successful appeal, Grier will be out for a full calendar year which is called for under NCAA rules.
“For this football team, it means next guy up,” McElwain said. “This is a mistake we’ll learn from.”
For the Gators, that “next guy” is sophomore Treon Harris who started the first game this season and several last year.
Harris split time with Grier in the first two games and had some success. He’s smaller than Grier and not nearly strong armed but like Grier is a coaches son and he won consecutive state titles as a high school quarterback.
The backup according to coach Mac will be graduate transfer Josh Grady who played both quarterback and receiver at Vanderbilt and has split time in practice this season at both slots.
The staff will be working overtime getting Harris ready for a top ten road matchup in Baton Rouge, the biggest game of the season for these upstart Gators.