Gators Will Grier Appeal Denied, Will Sit For a Year

New Mexico State v FloridaThe chances of winning were slim to begin with, but No. 8 Florida announced the NCAA has denied quarterback Will Grier’s appeal of a one-year suspension for failing a drug test.

Grier was suspended in mid-October, six games into the season, for testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug. The suspension is one calendar year and Grier was hoping to have it reduced. He will be suspended for the first six games of next season, including four SEC games. The earliest he would be able to return is Oct. 15 against Missouri.

Grier said he took an over-the-counter supplement without getting approval from the Florida athletic training staff.

 The redshirt freshman threw for 1,204 yards and 10 touchdowns in helping the Gators get out to an undefeated start. Treon Harris has started for Florida (9-1) since Grier’s suspension.
“I did not check with the medical staff before taking it,” Grier said through tears. “I really hope that people can learn from this, learn from my mistake. I’m really, really sorry to everyone.”

Despite the contriteness from Grier, the NCAA does not consider a player’s character as a part of the appeal process.

Florida (9-1, 7-1 SEC) has already clinched the SEC east and a spot in the conference title game. The Gators host Florida Atlantic on Saturday before finishing out the season at home against in-state rivals Florida State on Nov. 28.

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