In shocking news, Florida quarterback Will Grier will be suspended for the remainder of the 2015 football season for violating the NCAA's rules on performance-enhancing drugs.
Grier has been a huge part of No. 8 Florida's success this season, leading the offense to the tune of 1,204 yards and a 10-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio so far, with a completion rate of 65.8 percent.
It would appear that Treon Harris will take Grier's place under center for the time being. In limited action this season, Harris has thrown for 269 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, a 70.4% completion percentage and 55 rushing yards.
We will continue to update the story as we get more information.
Florida will announce this afternoon that QB Will Grier has been suspended for the rest of the season for a violation of NCAA rules.— Mike Huguenin (@MikeHuguenin) October 12, 2015
Florida QB Will Grier suspended for season for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, source told @ESPN— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 12, 2015
Grier's test allegedly came back positive for Ligandrol. He supposedly bought it over the counter, and failed to check with anyone concerning its legality.
Suspended Florida QB Grier says he took over-the-counter supplement and didn't check with medical staff before taking it.— CollegeFootball 24/7 (@NFL_CFB) October 12, 2015
UPDATE: Grier reportedly took banned supplement called Ligandrol which isn't classified as a steroid, but is banned as performance-enhancer.— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 12, 2015
The university will appeal the suspension, although Grier's statement today would lead one to assume that there's not much left up in the air at this point.
If Will Grier's appeal is denied, he’s out 1 calendar year, so he would also miss Florida’s 1st 6 games in 2016— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 12, 2015
As McMurphy reports, Grier is currently slated to be out of action for a full calendar year. He will also lose a year of eligibility, meaning that when Grier returns part way through the 2016 season, he will officially be classified as a redshirt junior.
Watch Grier address the media here.
Florida will not vacate any wins as a result of Grier's actions and suspension.
No vacated wins for Florida following Will Grier’s failed PED test http://t.co/hzGunIRzUJ— CollegeFootballTalk (@CFTalk) October 12, 2015
However, due to NCAA rules, Grier will lose a year of eligibility as a result of his positive test.
Grier is also charged a season, plus the one he used this year, so barring a successful appeal he’ll return as a JR.— John Infante (@John_Infante) October 12, 2015
ESPN's McMurphy is now reporting that the substance Grier used was not Ligandrol.
Some reports indicate Will Grier’s banned substance was ligandrol. That is not accurate, a source told @ESPN— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 12, 2015