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Will Grier's attorney issues statement; unknown how long NCAA's response will take: Grier's attorney, Clay Townsend (father of Florida punter Johnny Townsend), Grier, UF Athletic Director Jeremy Foley, and a UAA attorney, took part in a conference call regarding Grier's appeal with the NCAA on Monday. Foley and a UAA attorney were required to take part in the call, per NCAA rules. It has been reported that the goal of the appeal is to reduce Grier's one year suspension for violating the NCAA's policy on performance enhancing drugs. (ESPN; Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)
Townsend's statement regarding the call, and the state of the appeal, is as follows:
"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. 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."
Jim McElwain wants Florida prepared for FAU players coming to the Swamp with something to prove: 53 players on the Gators and Owls' rosters played together or against each other at 16 Florida high schools. (Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)
Gators feel they are close to breaking big plays: McElwain saw improvement in the passing game from quarterback Treon Harris against South Carolina and sees on film that his team is a block or two away from springing big runs. (Graham Hack, Florida Times Union)
The Honorary Mr. Two Bits for the FAU Game is Sgt. Corey Garmon: Garmon, a Florida fan who grew up in Alabama, lost his legs after stepping on a mine during a tour in Afghanistan. Garmon was sent care packages from Will Muschamp and Dan Quinn, when they were at Florida, while he rehabbed in the hospital (and the story of how Muschamp and Quinn became aware of him is interesting, too). (Chris Harry, GatorZone)
Jake McGee named John Mackey Award Semifinalist: The honors continue for Florida this year. McGee is one of eight semifinalists for the award, which is given to the nation's best college tight end. (GatorZone)
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