GAINESVILLE -- Florida’s suspended quarterback Will Grier has started his appeal process with the NCAA, according to multiple reports.
Grier, a redshirt freshman, hopes to reduce his calendar-year suspension for violating the NCAA’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
In a statement first released to the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando attorney Clay Townsend of Morgan & Morgan said Grier presented his case Monday during a conference call with NCAA.
“We have worked diligently on the investigation and appeal and we, along with all of the Gator Nation, look forward to Will’s return to eligibility as soon as possible,” Townsend told the Sentinel.
Grier was 5-0 as Florida’s starting quarterback, engineering the dramatic comeback against Tennessee and the shocking upset over then-No. 3 Ole Miss.
But on Oct. 12, the quarterback was suspended by the NCAA, and faces a one-year ban that would prohibit him from playing until the seventh game of the 2016 season.
According to reports, Grier is appealing to reduce the suspension so that he is eligible for the start of next season.
Grier has not practiced with the Gators in over a month.
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