Florida WRs Jefferson, Grimes granted eligibility by NCAA

Former Mississippi Rebels wide receiver Van Jefferson (12) returns a punt during the second quarter of the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Sept. 21, 2016.Photo: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

Florida wide receivers Van Jefferson and Trevon Grimes have received waivers granting immediate eligibility from the NCAA, the school announced Thursday.

Jefferson, who is a former Ole Miss product, will need an additional intraconference waiver from the SEC because he transferred within the conference. Receiving that waiver is expected to be a formality, per multiple media outlets.

In December, the NCAA banned the Rebels from postseason play in 2018 as part of their punishment resulting from an investigation that uncovered 15 Level 1 violations.

Jefferson had 91 receptions for 999 yards and four touchdowns in his two seasons at Ole Miss.

Grimes, who had three catches in two games at Ohio State last season, is eligible to play immediately.

"I'm excited for Trevon and Van," Gators coach Dan Mullen said in a statement. "We appreciate the NCAA's understanding in both situations, and are thankful to the (University Athletic Association) administration and compliance staff for their role in helping guide Trevon, Van, their families and our coaching staff through this over the past six-plus months."

The Gators open the season at home against Charleston Southern on Sept. 1.