Many were surprised when Will Grier announced he was transferring from Florida in December, but the move came down to a guarantee he would start following his return from a year-long suspension.

The talented quarterback was suspended for a calendar year following the Gators 6-0 start for performance-enhancing drug use. Most figured he would serve his suspension and return before Week 7 of the 2016 season. However, Jim McElwain and the coaching staff failing to guarantee a return to the starting position led to his transfer.

"(Grier and his father) wanted guarantees," Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun said on 1010XL Jacksonville on Wednesday. "The father came in there and said, 'What's the plan to get Will back in the lineup?' The coaches were like, 'There is no plan. He can't even rep (practice) until the seventh week. We're going forward without him.'"