Report: Former Gators QB Will Grier will transfer to West Virginia

It looks like Will Grier has found his new school.

In this Oct. 3, 2015, file photo, Florida quarterback Will Grier warms up before an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Gainesville, Fla. A person familiar with the situation says Grier has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NCAA's policy on banned drugs. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school has not announced the decision. Grier is considering an appeal. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

In this Oct. 3, 2015, file photo, Florida quarterback Will Grier warms up before an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Gainesville, Fla. A person familiar with the situation says Grier has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NCAA’s policy on banned drugs. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school has not announced the decision. Grier is considering an appeal. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

The former Gators quarterback is transferring to West Virginia, according to a report from ESPN. Grier will have to sit out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Grier may also start the 2017 season ineligible with his suspension still looming over him. According to an NCAA spokesman, Grier will still have to serve the final six games of his year-long suspension for a violation of the NCAA’s policy for performance-enhancing drugs before returning in the middle of the 2017 season as a redshirt junior.

The NCAA spokesman wrote in an e-mail that a drug test suspension can’t be served during a year in residence and the suspension period resumes once the student-athlete would have otherwise been eligible to play.

According to ESPN’s report, West Virginia will work toward Grier being eligible to start the 2017 season.

Grier’s time at Florida was short but eventful. The North Carolina native signed with the Gators in 2014 as a four-star prospect before taking a redshirt in his first year with the program.

Grier eventually won the starting job over Treon Harris last season and threw for 1,204 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions in six games before the NCAA suspended him on Oct. 12. Grier asked to transfer from Florida in December when coach Jim McElwain reportedly did not guarantee that he would get his starting job back.

West Virginia’s starting quarterback Skyler Howard will be a senior this year, so Grier would fit in nicely as his replacement if he’s eligible to open the 2017 season.