Will Grier gets green light to play in 2017 for West Virginia

The West Virginia Mountaineers announced on Tuesday that quarterback Will Grier will be eligible to play in the September 3 season opener against the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Grier, a former national player of the year in high school, played in six games and started five for Florida in 2015 before starting a one-year suspension for a positive PED (performance-enhancing drug) test midway through his freshman season.

WVU fans have more than enough reason to be excited about Grier, seeing what he did with Florida's offense. He transferred to WVU after the season, then sat out the 2016 season under NCAA transfer rules.

After almost two years away from live in-season action, Will Grier will be able to take the field for the West Virginia University football team's 2017 season opener. Grier threw for 166 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for one touchdown in his first appearance, leading new head coach Jim McElwain to start Grier in the team's second game of the season.

Before his suspension in 2015, Grier started the season with 1,204 yards and 10 touchdowns with just three picks and a 66 percent completion rate. Grier claimed he was unaware the supplement contained a disallowed ingredient, but felt uneasy about remaining in Gainesville with the ban hanging over him.

Because Grier sat out all of 2016 as a transfer, West Virginia pursued a waiver to make the fourth-year signal-caller eligible right away, as opposed to at the halfway point of the season.

  • Julie Sanders