Quarterback Will Grier cleared by NCAA to play at WVU at start of 2017 football season

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. The NCAA has cleared transfer quarterback Will Grier to play at West Virginia University at the start of the 2017 football season.

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen confirmed Grier's eligibility Tuesday.

While at Florida, Grier was suspended by the NCAA in October 2015 for one year for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. The suspension would have sidelined him for about half of the 2016 season, but he decided to transfer that April.

Grier said the failed test was because of an over-the-counter supplement he used. He appealed, but the NCAA upheld the suspension.

In six games as a freshman at Florida, including five starts, Grier completed 66 percent of his passes for 1,204 yards, with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.

Grier participated in spring practices with the Mountaineers this year. Now a junior, he's expected to take over the starting job left by the departed Skyler Howard.

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