Suspended UF QB Will Grier awaiting NCAA appeal ruling

Florida Gators quarterback Will Grier, currently under a one-year suspension for failing a drug test, is waiting with baited breath for word from the NCAA on his suspension.

Edgar Thompson of The Orlando Sentinel reported the development in Grier’s case.

Grier’s suspension stems from him testing positive for a banned substance, and he is claiming that said substance was in an over-the-counter supplement he had been taking and that he was unaware of its presence on the NCAA’s list of banned substances. He was initially suspended for 12 months back on October 12 and if that is upheld, he won’t be able to return to the Gators until midseason next year.

Grier’s attorney, Clay Townsend, offered further details in a statement.

“We have worked diligently on the investigation and appeal and we, along with all of the Gator Nation, look forward to Will’s return to eligibility as soon as possible,” Orlando attorney Clay Townsend wrote. “When the NCAA’s decision is rendered, we will issue a statement. I have no further comment at this time as to the conference, its substance, procedures or attendees.

“Will is a great athlete, a good person and a significant contributor to the Gators winning the SEC East. Will and his family are grateful for everyone’s support.”

The Gators have gone 3-1 and won the SEC East since Grier’s suspension, but the truth is he is still a superior quarterback to Treon Harris. Even if Florida wins the SEC title this year, the team will be much better off with him under center next season.

That said, here’s hoping that he is able to prove that he was truly unaware that what he was taken was banned by the NCAA and his suspension can be reduced.

Florida takes on Conference USA’s Florida Atlantic Owls on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m. on the SEC Network.

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