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West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen expects Will Grier to be eligible in 2017

Will Grier, who transferred from Florida this spring, is sitting out the 2016 due to NCAA transfer rules. Grier was also suspended for the second half of the 2015 season for use of a banned substance.

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When Will Grier transferred to West Virginia this spring, the West Virginia Mountaineers were expected to challenge the NCAA ruling that Grier would be required to serve a year-long transfer wait along with serving an additional six games to complete his suspension. Grier was suspended after six games in 2015 for use of a banned substance.

Dana Holgorsen spoke with the media on Friday and issued a statement on Will Grier.

Will Grier enrolled for classes here at WVU on May 16. With the timing of his transfer, and the requirements that he has to finish from the NCAA, I cannot officially confirm his eligibility until the summer of 2017," Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen said in a release. "However, I fully anticipate him being eligible for the opening game of the 2017 season."

Mike Casazza of the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Grier will be eligible to start the 2017 season if he maintains eligibility requirements, according to sources. If Grier is eligible to start the 2017 season, he will have two years of eligibility remaining. Grier was the Parade National Player of the Year in 2013 after throwing 77 touchdowns as a senior and 195 in his high school career. Grier threw for 1,204 yards and 10 touchdowns in only six games in 2015.