Suspended Florida QB Grier transfers to West Virginia

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Suspended former Florida quarterback Will Grier is transferring to West Virginia.

Grier will sit out next season to fulfill NCAA transfer rules and be eligible to play in 2017. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Grier was suspended in October for one year by the NCAA for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. He said the failed test was because of an over-the-counter supplement he used. He appealed, but the NCAA upheld the suspension. West Virginia spokesman Mike Montoro said it has yet to be determined if Grier’s suspension will carry over to 2017.

Grier played six games last season for the Gators as a redshirt freshman.

Before getting suspended, Grier was emerging as one of the top quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference. He completed 66 percent of his passes for 1,204 yards, with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Without him, Florida’s offense struggled mightily in the second half of the season.

Grier had been expected to rejoin the Gators on Jan. 5. Instead, the North Carolina native decided to move on and landed at West Virginia with coach Dana Holgorsen and his spread offense.

Holgorsen said in a statement Wednesday that Grier will enroll at West Virginia in May.

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