Florida QB Will Grier suspended for full year, including 2015 season, for banned substance

By Adam Silverstein
October 12, 2015

Florida Gators redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier will be suspended for a full calendar year – including the remainder of the 2015 season – for a violation of the NCAA’s banned substance policy.

Grier’s suspension was handed down after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, a source told OnlyGators.com early Monday afternoon. The school confirmed as much when McElwain opened up a press conference an hour later.

“Will Grier won’t play this week and obviously in the near future due to taking a supplement, an over-the-counter supplement that had something in it that was on the NCAA list of things that you can’t have,” he began. “It’s something that he feels horrible about. It’s an honest mistake, and yet, can be prevented by just checking with our medical staff. I want everybody to understand that this is a mistake we’ll learn from.”

At the same press conference, Grier confirmed that he “took an over-the-counter supplement that had something in it,” noting he “did not check with the medical staff before taking it.”

According to NCAA bylaws, Grier’s suspension will last a full calendar year (365 days), though the team can appeal that mandate at the conclusion of the season.

Under Bylaw, the student-athlete becomes ineligible for all regular season and postseason competition until eligibility is reinstated by the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff on behalf of the committee. Pursuant to Bylaw, requests for reinstatement of eligibility will not be considered until the student-athlete has remained in­eligible for a minimum of one calendar year (365 days) after the student-athlete has tested positive for a banned substance and after the student-athlete has been withheld from the equivalent of an NCAA season, the student-athlete retests negative by the NCAA (notice of which is provided to the student-athlete reinstatement staff by The National Center for Drug Free Sport), and the institution submits a request for reinstatement of eligibility via AMA Online.

Grier, who has started the last five games for Florida and emerged as the best option for the Gators at that position, has completed 65.8 percent of his passes this season for 1,204 yards and 10 touchdowns, also running for 116 yards and two more scores.

Replacing Grier as starting quarterback for the Gators will be sophomore Treon Harris, who himself was suspended two games ago for violation of team rules. Harris started the final six games of the 2014 season for Florida and as well as the team’s 2015 season opener but lost the quarterback battle to Grier in Week 2 against East Carolina.

The Gators, which vaulted to No. 8 in the AP Top 25 this week, are set to take on No. 6 LSU on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Tigers opened at a 6.5-point home favorite in the game.

Mike Huguenin of GridironNow.com first reported Grier’s suspension.


  1. Buster says:

    UF is the worst. Every other school let’s this stuff slide, but we have to be sticklers.


    • Ken (CA) says:

      Really? You are blaming a school for trying to run a clean program rather than the bonehead who did something so obviously illegal? Those of you that think pot is OK, PED is 100 x worse. If the school continued to let him play, the liability, the potential NCAA penalties including throwing out the entire season and likely half of next season as automatic forfeits? You really think that is better than ignoring it? That is insanity.

    • jimmyjohns says:

      This isn’t a school issue – it’s an NCAA issue. We have no option on this one. Now, if he had smacked some women around….

    • Matt says:

      You’re an idiot. He got drug tested by the NCAA not the school. Had the school caught him they would have just told him to stop and might have gotten a game suspension. When the NCAA shows up for a random drug test they are super serious about it.

    • B Ryan says:

      Well if that isn’t the best UF fan base reply, I don’t know what is. Haha keep it classy GAINeSville

  2. SaraGator says:


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  4. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Are we talking PED’s here?!

  5. GatorChomp says:

    Apparently “ligandrol” (performance enhancing drug). That’s too bad, the future was bright with Grier.

  6. Buster says:

    What is the NCAAs testing policy on something like this?
    I find it hard to believe that Grier is the only college player that took a banned non-steorid.

    • Dave Massey says:

      Does make you wonder, considering you virtually don’t hear of this in the NCAA. Can anyone name the last three guys in colloege who have been suspended a year for PED’s? As much as guys get causght in the NFL, and they are always taking masking agents, I find it hard to believe int’s almost nonexistent in college.

  7. Ken (CA) says:

    Are you kidding me? Wow. just as everything started looking up, looking like had found a special quarterback, thought found a true leader, and banned for whole rest of season? not even just a 1-2 game suspension? Ugh. I may have to retract my 10 win season prediction now, although Treon could step up again. Hopefully the rest of the guys get it enough now in the new system that they can succeed.

    And more importantly, hopefully, Treon realizes that he can’t screw up again or wow… I don’t even know who was 3rd no the depth chart.

    • Dave Massey says:

      Josh Grady, who is a run first QB, Del Rio is transfer ineligible, then walk ons, not good. One of the positions I said at the beginning of the year we couldn’t afford losses, along with linebacker and offensive line. The O line has been okay but at LB Rolin hasn’t played, Anzalone and Powell have been out for a while and aren’t expected back until Georgia. And Morrison got dinged at Missouri so I really hope he’s okay. We already couldn’t put three linebackers on the field at the same time. With Fournette we really need linebackers for tackling that guy, not DB’s

  8. Mr2Bits says:

    If he loses his appeal (which he likely will being that they are oral steroids), he will be out half of next season as well….1 full calendar year suspension for PED

  9. uf_84 says:

    Unbelievable!! Guess we now know how he gained all of the weight over the offseason. How incredibly stupid to think that you could get away with that. Really disappointing to know that both of our best QB’s are idiots who can get themselves suspended at the drop of hat.

  10. cline says:

    Let’s Go Treon!

  11. Jack says:

    Will, was it worth it?

  12. Gator John says:

    Well, not the best news, but not the end of the world. I think we can trust Coach Mac to get Treon ready for the rest of the season, Let Treon be who he is and do those things he does best. Won’t affect the defense, and I expect they will play nasty in Death Valley. As long as the offense continues to get the playmakers involved, we have a chance. Go Gators!

  13. Kev says:

    Well damn

  14. Alex says:

    T3 up

    We are lucky to have a more than serviceable 2nd string QB

    Treon has a chance to solidify a solid place in Gator Footall history

    He is up for the challenge

  15. Buster says:

    “At Notre Dame and Alabama, the teams that will soon compete for the national championship, players don’t automatically miss games for testing positive for steroids. At Alabama, coaches have wide discretion. Notre Dame’s student-athlete handbook says a player who fails a test can return to the field once the steroids are out of his system.

    “If you’re a strength-and-conditioning coach, if you see your kids making gains that seem a little out of line, are you going to say, ‘I’m going to investigate further? I want to catch someone?’ ” said Anthony Roberts, an author of a book on steroids who says he has helped college football players design steroid regimens to beat drug tests.

    There are schools with tough policies. The University of North Carolina kicks players off the team after a single positive test for steroids. Auburn’s student-athlete handbook calls for a half-season suspension for any athlete caught using performance-enhancing drugs.”

    What a joke we did this to ourselves! Our athletic dept loves having us on a unlevel playing field

    • Ken (CA) says:

      I’d like to know where you found this because I can find no book seller that sells a book by anyone named Anthony Roberts. If this book even exists, what year was it written? It could be well before PED testing was what it was today or penalties are what they are. There is no room for leniency in NCAA rules.

      Aside from that, it is automatic NCAA 12 month suspension for PED. The school doesn’t have any other option. I seriously doubt schools like Notre Dame or Alabama would violate that because of all the money and notoriety it would cause.

      Aside from that, I find it pretty despicable that you would consider yourself any kind of a “fan” and complain because the school insists on players be upstanding students and decent human beings as well as following established rules.

      “Letting it slide” for the sake of a win? You are absolutely the worst kind of fan, and an embarrassment to even consider being associated with the Gators.

    • 305Gator says:

      Buster I don’t know where you get your info but this has to be an NCAA policy that is uniform for all teams to follow and not at the discretion of the individual teams as you imply. What you say makes no sense at all.

  16. Don says:

    Totally not expecting this , but as
    There is no I in team, Go Gators

  17. mat says:

    So is Ole Miss undefeated again??

    • Dave Massey says:

      Probably not unless it was proven that Florida knew he had failed the drug test and played him anyways. There is no proof that he was taking them before the Ole Miss game. And that doesn’t mean I don’t think he was taking them before that game, just that he hadn’t failed the test yet.

  18. Joeyto says:

    Well damn…..enjoy the year off Will. Treon let’s go…get ready next man up

  19. Gatorgrad79 says:

    So it seems the next question would be, is he dismissed from the team to ultimately join the long list of former UF QB’s playing very well at other schools?!

  20. jimmee b says:

    one more year and my beloved GATORS shoot themselves in the foot as we are our own worst enemy. Go Treon and Go GATORS — our team is not one player. WE ARE THE FLORIDA GATORS!

  21. Mr2Bits says:

    The press conference is like watching a funeral. In my opinion, the way Grier looked and acted doing everything possible to hold his tears back makes me think he didn’t know what he was swallowing.

  22. Mike Levy says:

    Say it ain’t so!

  23. alex brew22 says:

    I’m a LSU fan, but hate to see this. I mean come on dudes. This ain’t college football – this is Pre NFL-make your University funds. I can guarantee you that LSU, UA(2) and many other SEC schools let the PEMs geaux. Would you really rather start a rapist QB over a steroids guy? Okay, that is not fair (nor determined yet). It just seems that performance enhancing drugs are the least of our worries these days. No way Grier should be pulled. I can’t decide whether to commend UF or to feel bad for them. Good luck with your Harris (he’s still smarter than our Harris). Good luck this Saturday Gators. I believe your D will shut the door on LSU’s predictable O

  24. ALLAN BN says:

    Who cares? The guy was chitty and I heard he has a nikka boyfriend. Excited to see what the future holds for the gators.

  25. Lawrence J. says:

    October 12, 2015 3:30p.m.

    This is a typical bonehead act that potentially alters one’s life’s plan. Grier had the learning curve to become a back-up pro. Kiss that goodbye steroid breath!

  26. Dinosam2010 C says:

    He is suspended for 6 whole games. He should be suspended 1-2, maybe 3 weeks. The good news for UF is that LSU and UGA (If UGA gets extremely lucky) are the only teams that could realistically beat the Gators, and the Gators are already gonna be in a bowl no matter what, most likely with Grier. Grier is not gonna get suspended for any more than 1-2 games of next season, otherwise the NCAA will probably get sued and will be forced to let him back and will lose lots of money.

    • Noles says:

      Wow, you are on a major trip. UF has proved nothing yet.

      • Dave Massey says:

        All Florida has done is slaughter the no. 3 team in the country by 4 touchdowns and beat the defending East Division SEC champ on the road. And put the only L in Kentucky’s record on the road too. As opposed to your holes troll who have beaten only one team with a winning record, Miami, at home, and who is probably going to lose their next four games and is winless in the conference. You shouldn’t whine so much as the holes need Florida to be ranked so they can actually play two ranked teams this year. I suppose your going to brag after beating 2-3 Louisville? Go troll somebody else.

  27. SW FL Joe says:

    Well at least the Gators are bowl eligible before this happen. Kiss Atlanta goodbye.

    • Ken (CA) says:

      Why? Even if they lose to LSU (still not a given, the D is still there, they are only a home 7 point favorite post-suspension), and we have SC, Vandy, UGA left. We if we beat chubless UGA, Vandy and SC are 2 of worst teams in SEC this year. there is still a rod to Atlanta.

      I still think we have a 10 game season at least, Grier is not that bad, FSU is at home, UGA is beat up and LSU we can stack the box because we can play one on one, and that makes it very difficult for Fournette to run. Harris isn’t going to beat us through the air. This game is very much a winnable game, still. Frustrating to see Grier go like this, but thanks to hard fought 6-0 start, this team still has a lot of possibility to do some really remarkable things.

  28. Fatback says:

    It amazes me how so many are so quick to condemn, much less judge, a kid for screwing up and taking an over the counter he shouldn’t have. Something any one of else are allowed to take. He ain’t Barry Bonds. He gained 20 lbs…every female on campus does that their freshman year. We have had players take drugs intentionally that are actually illegal with little to no consequence. I feel bad for him.

  29. My2cents says:

    Reports are the supplement he took was Ligandrol. Gooogle it. It clearly states this is for bulking up and getting ripped. This isn’t a case of an athlete taking an OTC drug to treat a cold, allergies or sinus problems. Grier took this drug for one purpose: to modify his body in order to perform better on the field. It is exactly what the NCAA doesn’t want to be associated with. I understand the remorse now but he should have known better. Or was this a case of he didn’t think he would get caught?

    I don’t see the appeal being successful. Georgia has an O-lineman who was suspended for 3 years because of a steroid used after surgery he got while in highschool remained in his system. Google Kolton Houston. NCAA disregarded the fact that the levels in Houston’s system continued to drop after each drug test but would not allow to him to play until it dropped under a certain level. The steroid finally was cleansed from his system and he was given back some of his eligibility.

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