The University of Florida football team took a major hit on Monday with the loss of starting quarterback Will Grier, but the program will not have to vacate any victories accumulated so far this season, according to Kevin McGuire at NBC Sports.
This is huge news for the Gators, who are currently 6-0 and already bowl eligible mid-way through the season with the NCAA minimum six games won. Had the Gators lost all six wins, Florida would have had to run the table in the second half of the season just to qualify for postseason consideration.
According to reports, Florida is not believed to have played Grier while knowing or risking the chance he was actually an ineligible player. Had Florida done so, any game in which Grier was on the field would be tossed from the win column.
Grier, a redshirt freshman, has played in all six games for Florida so far this season, completing 65.8 percent of his pass attempts for 1,204 yards and 10 touchdowns with just three interceptions.
Florida announced in a press conference Monday that the starting QB tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and would be suspended indefinitely until the middle of October 2016 unless he wins an appeal.
Treon Harris will now be taking over as Florida’s starting quarterback. Harris has appeared in four games this season and saw action in nine games a year ago after replacing Jeff Driskel.
The Florida Gators take on LSU in Baton Rouge this weekend.
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