West Virginia fans have been on the edge of their seats ever since Quarterback Will Grier broke his finger against Texas, not knowing if that was the last time they were going to see the star QB play in Morgantown. They can relax now because Grier has decided to return for his senior season.
Grier said in a press release, “After much prayer and consultation with my family and coaches, I have decided to return to WVU for my senior season. There is still a great deal that I want this team to accomplish and I look forward to helping lead us to success in 2018. I am completely focused and looking forward to building off the success we had this year and want to do even greater things next year. West Virginia is my home, and I couldn’t be more excited about the future here.”
There are various reports that have come out recently that the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year received an NFL draft grade of a second or third rounder, if Grier puts up the stats similar to this season, that will certainly change. This also means that star wide-out David Sills should be expected to return, which makes WVU a prime contender for winning the Big 12 next season and possibly making it into the College Football Playoff. Grier has been named on some early projections to be a Heisman trophy contender next season.
Grier will now have the opportunity to catch Geno Smith’s record of passing touchdowns in a season. Smith set the record of 42 in the 2012 season. Before Grier’s injury, he had thrown for 34 touchdowns. Grier’s stats last season were 250/388 passing (64.4%), 3490 yards, 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said in a statement, “Will’s decision to return next year certainly makes it a great day for West Virginia football. He is a great leader for our program, and I know our fans enjoy watching his talents on the football field. His teammates and the coaching staff are certainly looking forward to his return, and this is positive news for all involved.”
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