MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–When teams have great chemistry, it shows on the field. That is what the West Virginia football team is striving for this summer.
During summer, the Mountaineers may not be on the field with their coaches but they are using the time to bond with each other.
With good chemistry, hopefully it leads to success on the field in the fall.
“I think we have a special group of guys here,” quarterback Will Grier said. “It’s a unique group. It’s a tight group. We’re excited to put a finished product out there in the fall.”
Last season the bonds weren’t as strong and it showed at times but that has changed this go around.
“I feel like our team is a lot closer than we were,” wide receiver David Sills said. “We’re more like a family this year, really just connecting with the guys outside of here. Whether that’s getting dinner with David Long or hanging out with Dravon (Askew-Henry) or something like that. We are just getting to know each other and I think that brings a different element to our team. And I think that is something that our team needs. We really have more of a family connection. I feel like we have done a great job of it and I’m confident in our locker room this year. We have a really great locker room right now. And that’s what I think will get us through the season and have good success with.
Even the defensive players and the offensive players have formed close ties.
“We’re actually really close,” Grier said. “Being around these guys a lot over the last couple years, lifting with a lot of defensive guys, working out with them is cool. We’ve become tight. This team as a whole is a lot of good people, a lot of people I like to be around. They push me. It’s good. It’s a healthy program that we have right now and it makes coming to work kind of easy. It’s just a bunch of really good friends that are all working towards the same goal. It’s good. It’s a lot of good relationships, really healthy, really good. We’re on the right track.”
As WVU plans to challenge for the Big 12 title, it hopes the strong relationships amongst the players helps contribute to the team’s accomplishments. And everyone is on the same page.
“This team is just a great group of guys,” Grier said. “Of all the teams that I’ve been on and the different coaching staffs I’ve been on, I really just enjoy being around this group. They work hard. They want to be great and it’s really just a lot of fun playing with these guys.”
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS