Last May, Dana Holgorsen told media that he believed Will Grier would be eligible for West Virginia’s Week 1 contest with Virginia Tech on Sept. 3. He was right. WVU and Holgorsen announced via Twitter that Grier would indeed be eligible and able to suit up against the Hokies. Grier will likely start the season as the Mountaineers’ starting quarterback.
— Dana Holgorsen (@Holgorsendana) June 20, 2017
Grier was hit with a 365-day suspension on Oct. 13, 2015 for taking a banned substance, which he was unaware was in a supplement he bought from a popular nutrition shop while at Florida. The suspension stipulated that he would have to miss an entire year, or 365 days, rather than a certain number of games. That suspension would have had him miss half the 2017 season if upheld.
No official statement has come from Grier or West Virginia yet outside of the tweet that said he was eligible. Grier’s father, Chad, did tell BlueGoldSports.com that the ruling was a “huge relief” and that his son was “laser focused on helping his team win.”
Grier’s 2016 season on the sidelines was due to transfer rules and had nothing to do with his suspension. It was believed, however, that it would significantly help his chances of a reduced suspension and earning eligibility at the start of the 2017 season.
(Feature photo via Twitter.)