Carolina Panthers announce the latest former SEC QB will start for them this week
The Carolina Panthers have had a rollercoaster season, most notably at quarterback, where they’ve started Cam Newton and Kyle Allen. Now the Panthers are moving to another former SEC QB in former Florida signal caller Will Grier.
In a story that trended this way most of the week, the Panthers officially announced that Grier would start against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
Interim head coach Perry Fewell gave Grier, who has yet to make his NFL debut, the first-team reps at practice this week. Fewell announced his decision following Thursday’s practice.
“Will has demonstrated to us that he’s ready to start this football game on Sunday, so he will be our starter,” Fewell said.
A third-round draft pick this past spring out of West Virginia, he was a two-year starter and had a big career for the Mountaineers after he transferred from Florida, as he threw for 7,354 yards and 71 touchdowns with 20 interceptions.
As a freshman at Florida in 2015, Grier completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,202 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Before he transferred, the NCAA suspended Grier for one calendar year after a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.
Grier and the Gators got off to a 6-0 start under first-year coach Jim McElwain.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder reportedly decided to transfer after McElwain would not guarantee him that he’d return to the starting role after the suspension.