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University of Florida quarterback Will Grier has been suspended for the season after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, multiple outlets reported early Monday afternoon.
Florida QB Will Grier suspended for season for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, source told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) October 12, 2015
Grier reportedly gained 43 pounds in the span of one year, going from 172 pounds his freshman year to being listed as 215 pounds for the 2015 season.
Grier met with the media after the initial reports, saying that he took a supplement that triggered the positive test and did not check with the training staff.
Grier: “I took over-the-counter supplement that had something in it. I did not check with the medical staff before taking it.” #Gators
– Matt Hayes (@Matt_HayesSN) October 12, 2015
Head coach Jim McElwain told the media that the team will appeal the ruling.
A suspension for PEDs at the college level is a rare occurrence, as the NCAA typically only tests athletes at championship competitions. Outside of those, schools are responsible for testing and punishing their own athletes.
But there are exceptions that can trigger NCAA testing at specific schools outside championship events. That the Gators are appealing the suspension suggests that this was indeed an NCAA test.
Grier led Florida to a 6-0 start, most recently a dominant 21-3 win over SEC rival Missouri. They are currently ranked eighth in the country in the AP Poll. Treon Harris is expected to replace Grier as the starting quarterback.