NCAA denies Will Grier's appeal
Florida quarterback Will Grier will serve a year-long suspension after the NCAA denied his appeal, the Gators confirmed late Friday evening.
Grier was issued the punishment last month after failing the NCAA's performance-enhancing drug policy. The redshirt freshman blamed the failed drug test on a failure to check with the school's staff about taking over-the-counter substance.
UF helped Grier appeal the decision, asking for a reduction, but the NCAA chose not to reverse its ruling and the automatic year-long suspension. He will be eligible to return in the Gators' seventh game next season, when UF hosts Missouri.
Grier threw for 10 touchdowns and three interceptions in six games before his suspension.
Sophomore Treon Harris has started in Grier's place, helping UF win the SEC East and contend for a spot in the college football playoff. The Gators host Florida Atlantic on Saturday and close the regular season next weekend against rival Florida State.
The Orlando Sentinel first reported the NCAA's decision.