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Suspended Florida Gators QB Will Grier loses NCAA appeal

Florida Gators quarterback Will Grier, left, speaks to members of the media as head coach Jim McElwain listens Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Gainesville. Grier was suspended indefinitely for violating the NCAA's policy on banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Florida Gators quarterback Will Grier, left, speaks to members of the media as head coach Jim McElwain listens Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Gainesville. Grier was suspended indefinitely for violating the NCAA's policy on banned performance-enhancing drugs. AP

Suspended Florida quarterback Will Grier lost his appeal for violating the NCAA’s performance-enhancing drug policy, and the redshirt freshman will remain suspended until Oct. 15, 2016.

“We did everything we could in support of it,” coach Jim McElwain said Monday. “That’s an NCAA decision. “And we’ll continue to be there for him. He’s still part of this team.”

Grier has not practiced with the Gators since his suspension on Oct. 12. He was 5-0 as UF’s starter but faced a calendar-year suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. He sought to have his ineligibility reduced to the remainder of the 2015 season, but with his appeal denied, he must sit out the first six games of 2016.

▪ Because of UF’s rash of injuries on the defensive line, freshman defensive end Keivonnis Davis burned his redshirt Saturday against Florida Atlantic. The Miami Central product had three tackles. … Florida hasn’t knocked off Florida State at home since 2009.

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