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Will Grier Transferring From Florida: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

Florida quarterback Will Grier looks for a receiver against East Carolina during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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After playing just part of one season at the University of Florida, redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier is set to transfer at the conclusion of the 2015 campaign.

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports was among the first to report the decision on Dec. 19, and Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times confirmed the move as well.

The team released a statement from head coach Jim McElwain regarding the move:

Gators Football @GatorsFB

Confirming @BobRedman_Scout’s report that Will Grier will transfer. Quote from Coach McElwain: https://t.co/doKYAMTb7w

Mark Long of the Associated Press noted that Grier was not given a full release, is banned from transferring to other SEC schools and "maybe more."

After leading the Gators to a 6-0 start, Grier was suspended for one year by the NCAA due to a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs.

Per Keith Niebuhr of 247Sports, Grier isn't expected to have much trouble when it comes to finding a new school:

Keith Niebuhr @Keith247Sports

This isn't the last we'll hear of Will Grier. I can already confirm several programs are interested.

Grier's choice to leave Florida comes just days after it was revealed he would be allowed to rejoin the Gators for team activities beginning on Jan. 5.

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According to Jesse Simonton of the Miami Herald, McElwain fully expected Grier to be in the fold moving toward the 2016 season.

"He can't go to the bowl site anyway. But he'll join us back up," McElwain said. "I think Jan. 5 is the first day we're going [to start back], so he'll be ready to roll."

Despite McElwain's confidence, he must now make contingency plans for the Gators' quarterback situation next season.

Florida is just 4-3 since Treon Harris took over for Grier, but the junior may very well be No. 1 on the team's depth chart next season.

Grier was expected to reclaim that spot after throwing for 1,202 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions in 2015. Instead, he has left the reigning SEC East champions in a difficult spot.

Strong quarterback play can go a long way toward toppling an SEC titan like Alabama, and while Grier seemed capable of providing that for many years to come, the Gators may once again be forced to make do with less-than-ideal options in 2016 and beyond.

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