The West Virginia Mountaineers found out Sunday afternoon that the football team would be spending the Christmas holidays in Dallas, Texas to play in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl versus the Utah Utes. In this evening’s coaches call, head coach Dana Holgorsen was asked for a status update on quarterback Will Grier’s chances of playing against the Utes.
Grier was injured during the home loss to the Texas Longhorns mid-November. During the game, the quarterback injured his finger and throwing hand resulting in surgery just two weeks ago. Following the surgery, Grier traveled to Oklahoma for team’s last regular season game versus the Sooners where he maintained his role as a leader and team player and cheered on his teammates from the sidelines.
The Mountaineers play in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on December 26, roughly three weeks away, and it was previously reported the quarterback could be out for four to six weeks following the surgery. Looking at a calendar, Grier’s bowl game status is definition worth asking about. Coach Holgorsen’s answer was nothing short of the cut-and-dry mannerism the coach has become known for.
The Mountaineers head coach went on to explain to the members of the media in a little more detail about his quarterback’s injury and recovery process, while at the same time not divulging too much information as Holgorsen is notoriously tight-lipped about player’s injuries.
“Not good. You know, he broke his hand a couple weeks ago. He goes back to the doctor next week . . . I’m going to go down and meet with them, next week down in Charlotte,” Holgorsen said. “Our players are in finals and all that, but we’ve got to get him back to the doctor to look at it, and evaluate it after that.”
While the head coach did not say that Grier would be playing in the bowl game, he also did not go so far as to say Grier would not be playing in Dallas. Holgorsen is characteristically closed off on injury updates, so this bit of information is quite the treat for fans waiting on an update.
The Mountaineers are now a little over three weeks away from taking on the Utah Utes in Dallas, so there is still time to determine if the quarterback will be able to suit up or not in the team’s bowl game.