Reports: Florida Gators QB Will Grier (illness) now uncertain to start, play vs. Ole Miss

By Adam Silverstein
October 2, 2015

It appears as if the flu bug that hit the No. 25 Florida Gators football program has caught up with arguably its most important player. Redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier, who started the team’s last three games, may not play in Saturday’s contest against the No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels as he’s currently “battling illness,” according to the Associated Press’ Mark Long, who cited a source.

Multiple other outlets, including The Gainesville Sun, simultaneously reported that Grier’s status is up in the air, noting that the Gators do hope to have Grier active for the game but simply do not know whether he will feel well enough to play at this time. He will likely be a game-time decision for the contest.

Head coach Jim McElwain on Monday noted that Florida had “about nine guys out” of practice due to the flu. “In fact, today was our flu bug shot day, but obviously our timing is impeccable,” he said. “So we’re gonna struggle today. We’ve got some guys in getting IVs already; we had a bunch in yesterday and a bunch of guys today. Obviously I don’t think this runs its course, but it hurts in preparation. But that’s OK. It’s something we got to deal with.”

Grier practiced early in the week but reportedly did not suit up Thursday, according to the Miami Herald‘s Jesse Simonton.

If Grier is unable to start, sophomore Treon Harris, who was suspended last week for a violation of team rules, would take his place.

Grier has led the Gators through their last three contests, seeing 100 percent of the playing time at quarterback in the team’s last two games. On Saturday against Tennessee, Grier led a come-from-behind effort that included five fourth-down conversions and two late touchdowns, pulling UF ahead of UT 28-27 in The Swamp.

McElwain named Grier his starter on Wednesday but noted that Harris could be used as a change-of-pace option in the contest. A source tells that Grier received the vast majority of first-team reps during the first few days of practice this week.

A long-time columnist with The Sun spoke with Grier’s father, who insisted his son will be able to suit up on Saturday. Of course, that decision ultimately lies with the trainers and coach, not the player, especially if he is deemed to ill to see the field.

Should Grier play, this could always be a possibility, especially as Gatorade celebrated its 50th anniversary this week in Gainesville.


  1. Christine says:

    Rotten luck but even with flu shots, college students are going to come down with viruses. If he’s not up to par, then we just have to put our trust in Treon. Hopefully the fans will get behind him. Attitude and fan support means a lot. Make some noise Gator fans and Go Gators!

    • ken (CA) says:

      not even flu season yet. If they have flu, they never ever took the shot. Sad that they would go there and not take the 2 minutes or een 12 hrs if it makes them feel bad to innoculate4 themselves

  2. jimmee b says:

    Hey GATORS! ultimately this could be a harsh life lesson. it is all about US (the TEAM) and not one player. GO GATORS!

  3. Sharon Milner says:

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. However flu shots were already available in August when I got mine. This is a little late!

    Feel sorry for Grier but am interested in seeing what Harris does.

  4. 1974Gator says:

    Nothing like trying to make your read progressions with a headache and your temples pounding. Hopefully Grier gets a good nights sleep and drinks plenty of liquids. I do not want to have to rely totally on Treon.

    • Mr2Bits says:

      Pretty sure he has the flu and is not hungover. Its more like making reads, holding back puke, trying not to Adam Lane in your pants while sweating and having the chills