Earlier in the week, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen announced that starting quarterback Will Grier will be eligible to play after serving an NCAA suspension for violating their PED policy.
In 2015, Grier was suspended for after leading the Gators to a 6-0 start. He had violated the NCAA’s PED policy, and as a result, he was suspended for not only the rest of the 2015 season, but for all of the 2016 season as well. Not surprising many, at the end of the season, Grier announced he would transfer from UF.
He landed in the PAC-12 and is now a West Virginia Mountaineer. In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Grier said he felt an almost immediate connection with Holgerson, and committed to West Virginia after Holgerson told him, “Don’t worry about anything. We’re going to stick with you no matter what, even if you can’t play the first six games of 2017. We want you.” Now, it’s known that Grier will get to play at the beginning of this season, and ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt is convinced he will win the Heisman.
My Thoughts on Grier
If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know I’m a die-hard Gator fan. And, like the rest of Gator Nation, I was shocked to learn of Grier’s suspension. However, unlike many Florida fans I know, I view the incident as a mistake made by a twenty-year old kid. Should he have checked with the trainer before he took the drug? Absolutely. But here’s the thing: He’s still growing up. He’s still learning. I believe the PED situation was something he learned from, and I think he’s going to take the college football world by storm at the beginning of the season, much like he did at UF. I’m excited to see what he’ll do, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Scott Van Pelt’s prediction ends up being right.
What are your thoughts on Will Grier?